Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida State University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Jamie Valentine
Partnerships Coordinator
Sustainable Campus
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Chuck it for Charity

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

Chuck It for Charity is a partnership between Sustainable Campus, University Housing, and local organizations to collect and donate all the “stuff” left behind during student summer move-out. Students, faculty, and staff volunteer during finals week to recover non-perishable food, clothes, books, furniture and more, from 18 residence halls. The material is weighed, sorted, and redistributed to Tallahassee community agencies in support of their work and the people they help. Over 10 years, the Chuck it for Charity program has diverted 139 Tons of items from the landfill, while redistributing resources to the community.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Food Recovery Network

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) collects pre-consumer, edible, excess food from various locations across campus. Recoveries range from weekly, scheduled pick-ups at the athletic dining hall to student or departmental small events on campus. This food goes directly to partner agencies who distribute it to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Over the last four years, FRN has recovered and diverted 40,000+ pounds of food from the landfill, redistributing food back into the greater Tallahassee community.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Community Ambassador Program

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

The Center for Leadership & Social Change Community Ambassador Program matches dedicated students with local non-profits, linking the agency with the people, programs, and resources on campus. Each student Ambassador works with a local non-profit for one year and assists in the recruiting, training, and organizing of FSU students to volunteer at the placement site. Previous placement sites areas of work include: houselessness, human rights, gardening, youth services, food insecurity, and animal welfare. Students work directly with community organizations to identify needs, develop long-last relationships, and facilitate volunteer groups.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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