|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Aug. 22, 2017|
Florida International University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
|3.00 / 3.00||
Office of University Sustainability
Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
FIU is a member of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
Educational Alliance for Sustainable Florida (EASF)
Sustainability Officers from various higher education institutions in Florida held a roundtable meeting at the Sustainable Florida conference to share best practices and discuss how to collaborate moving forward.
Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
Our Program Manager, Alexandra Dutton, spoke at the Sustainable Florida conference last year in September 2016. She was part of a panel of speakers that shared their knowledge and experience with sustainability in the higher education environment.
Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Evelyn Gaiser, Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts, and Society sat on the Long-Term Ecological Research Network Executive Board, 2012-2015.
Len Scinto, professor sits on the Tree-mendous Miami Board of Directors.
Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
Florida International University and the Office of University Sustainability have an ongoing mentoring relationship with the sustainability office at University of Miami, also known as the U Green office.
Our Program Manager, Alexandra Dutton, works with the Sustainability Manager at the U Green Office, Teddy Lhoutellier. Teddy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University and while at FIU he was a constant partner with the Office of University Sustainability at FIU. They both continuously work together in sharing ideas and discussing options to better improve the sustainability efforts of both universities.
Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:
As part of the Educational Alliance for Sustainable Florida (EASF), Florida International University (FIU) has the opportunity to collaborate with other universities. The EASF project is based on the belief that Florida’s sustainability will be strongly influenced by the quality of these graduates. The EASF will result in a healthier economic and environmental future for Florida through these efforts to work with Florida’s business and management programs to create an open dialogue with business leaders.
Florida International University (FIU) is also a member of the Florida Climate Institute (FCI), a multi-disciplinary network of national and international research and public organizations, scientists, and individuals concerned with achieving a better understanding of climate variability and change. In addition to FIU, FCI member universities include:
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
Florida State University (FSU)
University of Central Florida (UCF)
University of Florida (UF)
University of Miami (UM)
University of South Florida (USF)
Over 200 individual affiliates, including university researchers and representatives from government and industry, have joined FCI.
The Florida Climate Institute (FCI) fosters interdisciplinary research, education, and extension to:
- Improve our understanding and the impact of climate variability, climate change, and sea level rise on the economy, ecosystems, and human-built systems;
- Develop technologies and information for creating opportunities and policies that reduce economic and environmental risks; and
- Engage society in research, extension and education programs for enhancing adaptive capacity and responses to associated climatic risks.
To address the needs of climate stakeholders, the FCI will:
- Develop and disseminate climate change and climate variability scenarios and datasets.
- Use climate change information to build resiliency and adaptive capacity at a variety of spatial scales.
- Enhance understanding of the interrelationships among climate, natural resources, ecosystems, and society.
- Develop improved methods, technologies, and decision support systems for addressing risks and opportunities that arise from climate variability and climate change.
- Promote and support effective partnerships between universities and stakeholders.
- Disseminate science-based information on regional climate change and associated societal response options to a diverse audience.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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