Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Sarah Tulga
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Facilities
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Good Neighbor Fund with City of Evanston

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? :
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

Under an agreement between former Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, the University agreed to donate $1 million annually to the city for the “Good Neighbor Fund” for a period of five years, which began in 2015. Proceeds from this donation will be spent on projects and services agreed to jointly by the mayor and the president.

Money has funded projects which contribute to sustainability. Examples of previously funded projects are:
1. Hiring of an AmeriCorps Fellow to support sustainability programming
2. Development and issuing of CARP implementation mini grants
3. Development and launch of the Sustain Evanston sustainable business recognition program
4. Supported the launch of composting at 11 City facilities
5. Supported the development of experiential educational materials for an interactive immersive climate change educational activity that has been deployed in the middle schools as the core curriculum for their annual science fair projects

https://www.northwestern.edu/communityrelations/about/our-partnerships/good-neighbor-fund.html


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

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):

Northwestern, in partnership with the City of Evanston, Evanston Public Library, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202, McGaw YMCA, Family Focus and Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) helped launch EvanSTEM, a program that seeks to improve access and engagement for students who have traditionally underperformed or have been underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

This is directly working towards SDG 4: Quality Education which is a sustainability challenge.

https://www.northwestern.edu/communityrelations/about/our-partnerships/evanstem.html


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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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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