Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
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STARS v2.1

James Madison University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

VASHE (Virginia Sustainability in Higher Education) Professional Network


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Faculty presented a poster at the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo. The study was titled, "Measuring Undergraduate Students' Learning Over Time". The abstract is as follows:
The Environmental Stewardship Reasoning and Knowledge Assessment (ESRKA), a validated, 50-question test with good reliability, is being used to measure undergraduate students' learning over time at a large, public university. This poster presents results for two groups of students: students in an introductory sustainability course who were tested before and after the course in Fall 2015 (n = 149) and randomly-selected incoming students who were tested in early Fall 2014 and then retested in early Spring 2016 (n = 413). Students completing the sustainability course entered the course with scores between the randomly selected students' initial and third semester test scores. At the end of the course, the students in the course scored higher than the randomly selected students did after their third semester. As expected, students in the sustainability course showed greater growth in one semester than the randomly selected students showed in three semesters. This poster was co-authored with Christine DeMars, Professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology; Heather Griscom, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology; Harold Butner, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; and, Paul Goodall, Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. Presenter: Christie-Joy Hartman, James Madison University


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Program: AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Award,
Submission: Learning Outcomes and Assessment for Undergraduate Students (2016)


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? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Melissa Altman (Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at James Madison University) served as Co-chair of the VASHE Professional Network 2014-2015 and Chair for 2015-2016. Melissa Altman serves as the VASHE representative to the AASHE Advisory Council (2016-2018).

Christie-Joy Hartman (Executive Director, Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at James Madison University) serves as a STARS Technical Advisor.


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?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

JMU hosted the VASHE Professional Network's biennial meeting in May 2016.


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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Data compiled and entered by Melissa Altman

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