|Submission Date||Dec. 18, 2015|
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration
Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:
A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:
Chicagoland Network for Sustainability in Higher Education (CNSHE):
RU has collaborated on several sustainability initiatives born out of this group and its subcommittees, such as:
· DIVVY Bike-Share Program discounts for students, faculty and staff.
· Bike2campus.com – A friendly biking competition held during Earth Week starting in 2014 and shifting to fall in 2015 (log the hours you bike, add a picture and post on social media). Includes events and workshops to celebrate and educate student/faculty/staff bicycle enthusiasts.
· Local Food Assessment Report – defining what “local food” means to Chicago-area universities and their vendors. This report is now in use by CNSHE member higher education institutions.
Chicago Area Higher Education Retrofit Project
· Eleven Chicago-area Higher Education Institutions come together on a monthly basis to share best practices around energy use/savings and how to reduce GHGs.
· RU was host university for the 2015 Second Annual Alliance to Retrofit Chicago Higher Education (ARCH) Forum in June. Main objectives of Forum:
- Discussed findings of the Higher Education Energy Efficiency Best Practices Benchmarking report – comparing Chicago universities to national leaders.
- Discussed Aggregated Renewable Energy Purchase.
- Began connecting Chicago’s plans to higher education and discussed how Chicago can be a leader in the role of higher education in the 100 Resilient Cities Program.
The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:
SENCER: Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities:
RU’s Dr. Robert Seiser is co-director with Northeastern Illinois University’s Dr. David Rutschman of SENCER Center for Innovation – Midwest (SENCER SCI-Midwest).
Hosted SENCER SCI-Midwest Regional Symposium at RU’s Schaumburg Campus – March, 2014 – with the theme: “Teaching College Science and Math Through Food, Health and Sustainability Themes. RU shared their leadership in sustainability in the following presentations:
· Why Case Studies should be in every Teacher’s Toolbox (Michele Hoffman Trotter, adjunct professor, SUST Program, Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, Professional & Liberal Studies).
· Sustainability Practices at RU and tour of campus (Paul Matthews, Asst. VP Campus Planning & Operations, Physical Resources).
· SENCERizing Your Courses: A “Brains-On” Workshop (Robert Seiser and Kelly Wentz (Asoc Professors, Biology/Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences).
SERF: Society for Environmentally Responsible Facilities:
RU’s Vertical Campus, 425 S. Wabash, is a SERF Certified building.
RU and SERF partnered to present at the 2014 AASHE Conference.
Presentation focus: How RU students were active participants in the certification process.
A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :
The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available: