Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.51
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Principia College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
2.50 / 3.00 Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for Sustainability
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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):

Resilience Studies Consortium (Founding Member)
https://www.resiliencestudiesconsortium.com/
Shared Values --
1. Place-based education advances learning opportunities available to all partners in the RSC, connecting students to issues and solutions of their campuses' region, integrated with those across the regions of the RSC network.
2. The RSC network allows small and intimate liberal arts Institutions to share their academic and co-curricular offerings in ways that empower students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a rapidly evolving world.
3. Diversity in regional, ethnic, social, generational, economic, and professional backgrounds strengthens our understanding of issues and potential solutions.


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):

St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (Founding Member)
https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability/sustainability/sustainable-learning/in-schools-universities.aspx (scroll down)
The mission of the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (STL-HESC) is "to connect the strengths, resources, and knowledge of the St. Louis area universities and colleges, to advance collective sustainability initiatives that cultivate innovation, eliminate non-productive competition, and create a network which is more than the sum of its parts." (Charter, May 2014)


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):
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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):

Students: Public Affairs Conference https://content.principia.edu/sites/pac2020/history/

Faculty: Steering Committee, St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (see above)
Faculty: Board Member, Nelson Foundation (supports community outreach in furtherance of environmental sustainability)
Faculty: Advisor, UN Environment Programme https://www.unep.org/cep/


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:

One of the objectives of the Resilience Studies Consortium (see above) is to mentor, inspire, assess and strengthen the sustainability (resilience) programs of "small and intimate liberal arts Institutions" in the context of both academic and co-curricular offerings. "By sharing academic resources, allowing for transferability between partner universities and creating pathways to a better understanding of resilience in the coming era, the RSC seeks to engage and empower students with rich environmental understanding." Members routinely share syllabi, review new course offerings, critique funding proposals (often jointly submitted), review degree offerings, and encourage innovation among our member institutions.


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:

One of the objectives of the Resilience Studies Consortium (see above) is to mentor, inspire, assess and strengthen the sustainability (resilience) programs of "small and intimate liberal arts Institutions" in the context of both academic and co-curricular offerings. "By sharing academic resources, allowing for transferability between partner universities and creating pathways to a better understanding of resilience in the coming era, the RSC seeks to engage and empower students with rich environmental understanding." Members routinely share syllabi, review new course offerings, critique funding proposals (often jointly submitted), review degree offerings, and encourage innovation among our member institutions.


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