Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.54
Liaison Rebecca Quesnell
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Roosevelt University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Bryson
Professor & Director of Sustainability Studes
College of Arts & Sciences
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Schaumburg's Sustainable Future Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future (SSF) online social media project is a student-faculty collaboration at Roosevelt University that addresses sustainability issues, challenges, and solutions in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and, more generally, suburban communities. Conceived as an experimental class assignment in 2011, the SSF website and blog has become a locally relevant publication venue that engages sustainability topics in an interdisciplinary fashion and provides constructively critical information for the public about local suburban communities’ efforts to become more sustainable in government operations, use of water and energy, and transportation systems. Students and faculty benefit from the opportunity to produce meaningful and potentially useful research and commentary through specially focused class writing projects (both individual and collaborative), the university community has become more aware of its role in the “edge city” suburban community of Schaumburg IL, a major employment and shopping center in suburban Chicago, and local organizations have connected with the university in mutually beneficial ways through the website. In a time when urban sustainability is a primary focus of city planning, parkland development, urban farming, and green infrastructure projects—all worthy endeavors most assuredly—the SSF Project (1) highlights the need for and impact of suburban-focused sustainability initiatives in public/active transportation, stormwater reduction and water conservation, and restoration of native ecosystems and (2) demonstrates the role colleges and universities can play in this process.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
A quick glance at the numbers: to date, the Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future (SSF) project includes over 160 blog posts and 100 in-depth essays on a wide range of sustainability issues, problems, and solutions. The vast majority of this content is student-authored, which we believe demonstrates the value of the site as a learning tool and educational resource. As of Dec 2014, word of the SSF project began circulating through the channels of professional scholarship on sustainability education. SSF editor and SUST professor/director Mike Bryson published the article, “Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future: Student Research, Social Media, and the ‘Edge City’ Suburb,” in the _Journal of Environmental Studies and Science_ (12 Dec 2014). The article appeared as part of a special issue on “Integrating and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Cities and Regions.” http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13412-014-0200-1

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Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

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