Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.05
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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Grand Valley State University
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amanda Rodgers
Graduate Assistant
Sustainable Community Development Initiative
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

GVSU partners with WGVU public radio to host Sustainable Community Voices with host Shelly Irwin. This monthly show features a new sustainability topic and discussion with leaders from the West Michigan community.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

GVSU was a founding partner in 2005 of the Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership along with the City of Grand Rapids, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids Public School system. This is a coalition of organizations that facilitates knowledge, networking and community applied sustainability best practices.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

GVSU and the City of Grand Rapids have entered into a contractual agreement regarding the research, application and use of applied sustainability best practices. Through a group of ~12 student associates, GVSU provides research and decision-making around applied sustainability best practices for use within the City of Grand Rapids. The partnership has resulted in the formation of TRAT (Transformation Research and Analysis Team) which has successfully completed over 40 projects since its inception.


A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

GVSU has been able to develop and grow effective distant partnerships through its participation as a founding member in the Grand Rapids Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, which it received as a designation from the United Nations University in 2007.


The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

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