Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.28
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Grand Valley State University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
West Michigan Community Sustainability Partnership

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?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:
The West Michigan Community Sustainability Partnership is made up of seven regional partnerships, coalitions, and committees who are committed to develop sustainable neighborhoods and communities. We are a diverse network of for-profit and non-profit organizations in West Michigan who embrace and support sustainability planning and operations, and strive to make a positive impact. We are committed to working together to restore environmental integrity, improve economic prosperity, and promote social equity. Our goal is to create a sustainable and positive quality of life for future generations. https://www.gvsu.edu/wmcsp/

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership/C4

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):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
From its inception in 2005, the Grand Rapids CSP has grown from five founding partners (Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and the City of Grand Rapids) to more than 280 endorsing partners – including private, public, service, and academic organizations. These have committed to work together to restore environmental integrity, improve economic prosperity, and promote social equity in the community with the goal of creating and sustaining a positive quality of life for future generations. In 2020, the Grand Rapids CSP began a transition toward the Community Collaboration on Climate Change (https://c4collaboration.org/).

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
UNU RCE of Grand Rapids

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? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
The UNU RCE of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA seeks to create a virtual conference for the world’s next leaders to dialogue around the regional and universal issues facing their communities as it relates to sustainability.

The world’s dilemmas of tomorrow will be faced by the youth of today and it is imperative that we equip them with the tools to communicate, collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve in order to begin to address these complex issues of sustainability with regard to water, energy, food, etc.

This project seeks to give students and community organizers the perspective and practice of a global dialogue, in hopes that they will better understand the unique dilemmas facing the regions of the world and in turn reveal and embrace the universal themes of sustainable evolution through dialogue, empathy, and collaboration.

By working collaboratively with academic systems, our local communities, and activists across the globe, the Grand Rapids RCE strives to make a positive lasting change in our community and yours.

A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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