Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.98
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Portland Community College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stephania Fregosi
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Services
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
PCC is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed (AASHE). AASHE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.

AASHE enables its nearly 1,000 members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. They work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges.

PCC is a signatory member of Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network.

The Climate Leadership Network is comprised of colleges and universities (we call signatories) in nearly all fifty states and the District of Columbia who are taking action on climate change and preparing students through research and education to solve the challenges of the 21st century.

Each Climate Leadership Network signatory signs (the President/Chancellor does) onto at least one formal commitment with respect to climate leadership. These commitments are a signature program of Second Nature called The Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, and can include a Carbon Commitment (focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions), a Resilience Commitment (focused on climate adaptation and building community capacity), or a Climate Commitment that integrates both.

PCC is a founding member of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) and the college's Sustainability Manager is a sitting Board member.

As a UNU-IAS Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), GPSEN helps implement Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out the GAP Implementation Recommendations for the U.S., for ideas on how to advance ESD efforts. It is a regional network using sustainability education to create a greater Portland. They encourage collaborative partnerships among educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, civic organizations, and community members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County, in Washington, to help create a sustainable future through formal, non-formal, and informal education, training, and public awareness campaigns.

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
PCC is an active participant in the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (OHESC), which collaborates with the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (WAHESC) to put on an annual conference: the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC).

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

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
These conferences were held between January and October of 2020.

-Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference
*Margaret Robertson (LCC), Stephania Fregosi (Portland Community College/PCC), Owen Murphy (COCC), & Heidi Sickert (PCC), "Exploring the Possibility of a Statewide Higher Ed Sustainability Requirement"
*Students, PCC, "Directors of Eco-Social Justice: A Student-Led Initiative to Advance Sustainable Equity Work"
*Briar Schoon, Sustainability Manager, Stephania Fregosi, Sustainability Analyst, PCC, "Incorporating Equity Considerations into Climate Action & Sustainability Planning"

Oregon Solar Energy Conference
*Damien Hall - Ball Janik LLP - Chair of the Land Use and Real Estate practice groups, Sherrie Villmark - Program Director - Community Energy Project, Carly Sellers - Program Manager - Oregon Shines, Stephania Fregosi, Sustainability Analyst, PCC "Innovation in Community Solar: Using Public/Private Partnerships to Benefit Low Income Subscribers".

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
*Briar Schoon, Sustainability Manager, Stephania Fregosi, Sustainability Analyst, PCC, "Incorporating Social Equity Considerations into Sustainability & Climate Action Planning"
*Stephen Ellis, Boston University, Stephania Fregosi (Moderator), PCC, Clement Loo, University of Minnesota Morris, Nina Morris, University of Pennsylvania, "Panel - Racial Equity and Social Justice Essay Series: Resources for Higher Education Staff on Understanding Key Concepts and How Racial and Social Justice Integrates with Sustainability"

Marisha Auerbach, Portland Community College and Oregon State University, “Permaculture and Food Forests as a Tool for Climate Stability and Community Resilience”
Jolie Donohue, Portland Community College, “Social Justice Through Gardening”

Elaine Cole, Sustainability Coordinator, PCC-Rock Creek, Stephania Fregosi, Sustainability Analyst, PCC, Farid Kayali, Strategic Energy Associate, PCC, "Energy Saving Action: Strategic Energy Management on Campus"

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
While PCC did not submit for an award in 2019, or 2020,

PCC made contributions to AASHE's Racial Equity and Social Justice Resources. Our sustainability analyst was the lead on the Racial Equity and Social Justice Anthology project and contributed two essays: "An Introduction No Justice, No Sustainability" and co-authored "Collaborations for Sustainability Officers" with David Havelick from Harvard University.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
PCC's Sustainability Manager sat on the planning committee for the following conferences:
-WOHESC 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
-GPSEN Sustainability Symposium

PCC's Sustainability Analyst has sat on the AASHE Advisory Council in the Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the past 7 years, 5 of which she was at another institution.

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?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
PCC's Sustainability Manager is advising Clark College on their establishment of a sustainability position and formal program. She has met with folks at Clark College including the sustainability committee to provide insight and share best practices and next steps for the college and remains in regular contact, answering questions as they arise.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
PCC regularly participates in collaborative planning efforts and resource sharing with other Oregon higher ed sustainability practitioners.


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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