Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Northern Michigan University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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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):

Northern started its institutional membership with AASHE in 2016 after students and a faculty member attended the AASHE conference in Minneapolis, MN in 2015. Now that we are as institutional members, staff, faculty, and students have used the resources available to us on AASHE's website.


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):

NMU is a member of the Energy Engineers subcommittee of the Michigan Association of Physical Plant Administrators, which is a committee composed of plant engineers from universities throughout Michigan. This committee meets up to twice a year for 4 to 8 hour session to discuss energy saving and sustainability initiatives that have been completed at community colleges or universities in Michigan and across the country and to share knowledge around energy savings.


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
No

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

Individual faculty members have presented sustainability research at conferences, but not necessarily on behalf of Northern Michigan University.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

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

Dr. Jessica Thompson of NMU has served on the Advisory Board for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation since 2012.

The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Penn State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry.

With support from the National Science Foundation Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI is working to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating and translating climate and ocean science to broad public audiences. NNOCCI's goal is to change the nature of public conversation about issues of climate change to be inviting, empowering and solutions-oriented.

See below for more information on the NNOCCI:

http://climateinterpreter.org/about/projects/NNOCCI


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:

We have begun conversations with Jay Meldrum, the Executive Director of Sustainability at Michigan Technological University, about how we can continue to collectively improve our campus sustainability effort here on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


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? :
No

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