Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.47
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Portland State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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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):

-AASHE
-UNESCO Regional Center of Expertise
-National Association of Environmental Educators
-National Intramural Recreation Student Association Sustainability Committee
-North American Student Affairs Professionals Sustainability Knowledge Community
-Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
-Green Sports Aliance
-Second Nature - Climate Commitments + Billion Dollar Challenge


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):

-Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Committee for Oregon
-Oregon Environmental Literacy Program Council
-Oregon School Garden Summit (and farm to School)
-Oregon University and College Sustainability Officers
-Willamette Valley Public Sector Sustainability Coordinators
- Healthy Purchasing Coalition
- EcoTrust Northwest Institutional Food Buyer's Alliance
- Public Sector Sustainability Council
- Oregon Higher Education Sustainability (OHESC) 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):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference (Baltimore, MD):
-LEED O+M process at Portland State University
-Promoting alternative transportation options at Portland State University
-Growing beyond the campus garden
-Scaling applied learning programs for sustainability
-Community-based teaching and research: 4 sustainability focused case studies from PSU
-Scaling applied learning for sustainability programs: Building a community of peers
-Scaling applied learning for sustainability programs: Crash course

Leadership Educators Institute (Portland, OR)
-Stragetic Planning and Assessment

Oregon Assessment Conferene (Corvallis, OR)
-Asessing Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Oregon School Garden Educators Network Gathering (Portland, OR)
-Beekeeping and risk management

Portland Sustainaiblity Symposium (Portland, OR)
-Case studies in campus sustainaiblity
-Garden task force programing

WACUBO Annual Conference (Seattle, WA)
-STARS: A Roadmap for progress at Portland State University

CUMU Conference (Washington, DC):
-The organizational spine supporting community engagement

APLU Conference (Austin, TX):
-Community engagement and C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Presidential Climate Leadership Summit (Phoenix, AZ):
-University transportation partnerships to reduce greenhouse gases

International Sustainable Campus Network (Vancouver, BC):
-City-University partnerships

Urban Low Carbon Forum Innovation Dialogue (Vancouver, BC):
-Understanding the role of the university in advancing sustainability in the Emerald Corridor

Urban Sustainability Directors Network (Seattle, WA):
-City-University partnerships and how its a tool for driving profess on city sustainability goals


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):

-AASHE Advisory Council
-Second Nature Climate Leadership Committee
-Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference Committee
- Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference Committee
-Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference
-Oregon Environmental Council
-Northwest Environmental Forum
-Region V sustainability knowledge community
-Greater portland Sustainability Education Network
-Advisory Board for the Green Spaces Institute
-Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Commission


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Portland State University recently started a mentor/mentee relationship with San Mateo Community College District. To date, we have had two video/conference calls discussing the following topics:
-utility data management and reporting
-Campus as a living lab
-LEED platinum facilities
-Energy/facilities challenges on urban campus
-waste programs
-outreach/communication strategies
-creating webinar for other higher ed institutions
-electrification
-green office program

PSU also signed up for AASHE mentor program and was teamed up with The New School. We have communicated via email and met in person at the AASHE conference in San Antonio, but haven't had a lot of follow-up.


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:

Arizona State University: research, planning and implementation of a 44 person workshop on developing campus living laboratories; current collaboration on a working paper on the same subject.

University of Washington: collaboration on an ecosystem services strategy for a regional open space strategy in the Puget sound.

Oregon State University: collaboration on forestry convening issues (such as the forest forum, which is a quarterly effort to host discussions on key issues related to the future of Oregon's forests)

University of Oregon: collaboration on forestry convening issues (such as the forest forum, which is a quarterly effort to host discussions on key issues related to the future of Oregon's forests)

OHSU: Collaboration on the new school of public health

OHSU/OSU: Collaborative Life Sciences Building (LEED Platinum Building that includes research laboratories specifically designated to PI's who from the three universities that are collaborating on research projects)

OHSU/PCC: Fourth and Montgomery (currently in the design phase of a new building on PSU's campus that will include PCC and OHSU partners).

OHSU: Viking Pavilion at Peter Stott Center

PCC: All Gender Restrooms

WAHESC/OHESC: shared resources and regional conference planning


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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