Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.07
Liaison John Lerczak
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Lewis University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John Lerczak
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Will County Regional Sustainability Network

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:

The Will County Regional Sustainability Network was launched in October 2018 to link and leverage resources in the region. It was specifically created to support and come together to find solutions to sustainability issues in our region. We have been working hard to connect folks from all parts of the county based on a multitude of different agendas. Currently, we formulated a board of directors in which is comprised of higher education, grass root organizations, private sector, public sector and citizens of our region.


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

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):

Lewis University has been a part of SMHEC for many years now. It has been a way to connect higher education institutions in the southwest suburbs in regarding to sustainability initiatives that can be collaboratively addressed. There has a multitude of projects that have occurred through SMHEC. Ranging from collaboratively purchasing utilities, developing RFPs, student summits and link and leverage events bringing the communities together.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Will County Earth Group

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):
Short-term project or event

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):

This group was formed to provide support to sustainability initiatives that are occurring county-wide. Lewis provides support through material development and space.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

There has been many informal community partnerships to advance sustainability such as connecting with our local communities throughout our bi-annual share fests, trash clean ups, food/clothing donations, developing community gardens and through being proactive in providing assistance.


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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