Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.45
Liaison Chris Homan
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Illinois State University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Ben Krull
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Campus Waste Audits

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):
Not Sure

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:

Every year students in the Environmental Health Science program conduct a campus waste audit. Trash is collected from several buildings and the Quad for a week. Students then sort through the trash to identify materials that could have been recycled but are instead ending up in trash receptacles – and eventually landfills. This project is not only educational for the students in learning about waste reduction strategies, the University benefits as well.

Through the audits, recyclable materials that are commonly discarded in the waste stream are identified, as well as areas with higher or lower recycling rates. This allows staff to better target their outreach and educational efforts. It also allows the University to measure its progress over time. The percentage of materials found in the trash that should have been recycled has improved from more than 40% in 2002 to roughly 10.5% in 2009.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
ISU Alternative Energy Machine (AEM)

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):
Short-term project or event

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

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):
Not Sure

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 Renewable Energy Society in partnership with the Association of Residence Halls is constructing an educational device that will have solar and wind energy displays. In addition, the project will include displays about how clean various fuels burn.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Spring Recycleaning

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):
Not Sure

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):

On the first day of spring, a student organized Freecycle type of event that was held in the basement of CVA. Members of the Illinois State University community were encouraged to drop off items they no longer wanted and take with them any items that might interest them that were left by others. Instead of disposing of useful items and allowing them to wind up in a landfill, freecycling allows these items a second life – free of cost to their new owners.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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