Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.59
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Raritan Valley Community College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Somerset County Business Partnership's Sustainable Somerset Committee

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:

The College has a close relationship with the SCBP. The SCBP Sustainable Somerset Committee often partners with the RVCC Environmental Sustainability Committee as a cosponsor of Earth Day events in April. At a Sustainable Somerset meeting in September 2020 with Asm. Zwicker, RVCC Sustainability & Energy Coordinator Sue Dorward mentioned a NY low-carbon concrete bill. Asm. Zwicker ended up sponsoring a similar bill in NJ, and SCBP, RVCC, and other Sustainable Somerset member companies joined the supporting coalition for that bill. The bill was reintroduced in 2022 and is moving through the legislature.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Ridewise (Somerset County's Transportation Management Association)

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):

RVCC welcomes RideWise to campus multiple times per year to inform students and staff about transportation alternatives, participates in their carpool matching program, and their Smart Workplaces program. RideWise's mission is to provide affordable, environmentally-friendly and safe transportation options. In April 2022, RideWise co-sponsored, planned, marketed, and tabled at an electric car event on RVCC campus. RideWise helps RVCC students, especially low-income students, find transportation solutions.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Citizens Climate Lobby

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

RVCC has partnered with Citizens Climate Lobby for many years. They host an information table at all of our events that are related to climate change. In April 2022 they tabled at the Under the Great Oak film screening and the electric vehicle event. They encourage our students and staff to sign a petition and reach out to their legislators in support of legislation to create a carbon fee-and-dividend program. The fee would have environmental benefits while the dividend would be relatively more beneficial to the poor.


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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