Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Saint Mary's College of California
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Alameda Point Collaborative

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? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) transformed vacant military housing on the former Alameda Naval Air Station into a supportive housing community. APC now provides over 500 formerly homeless residents with the safety and stability of a place to call home. APC also provides a Farm to Market social enterprise, a plant nursery and on the job training to community members. Saint Mary's College has a close, ongoing formal relationship with APC. SMC provides material support in the form of student support & soil/lead testing & research, FT summer fellows, and placement of FT VISTA Members; we provide periodic financial support through joint grants. In AY18-19, 36 students from three courses invested 720 hours of service through direct service and research about sustainability practices among residents and staff at this housing community for nearly 500 formerly homeless people. Two of the four FT summer fellows who worked at APC assed at the organic farm for 640 hours. We also had a full-time VISTA Member assigned to APC to assist with fund development and volunteer management.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Urban Farmers

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):

Urban Farmers is a grassroots, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the East Bay of San Francisco. Their goal is to build a community-based, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable model of hunger relief. Urban Farmers helps people share their excess backyard fruit. They believe no one should suffer from lack of food, and that the poor and the hungry in your community are as important as the ones in our community. Urban Farmers has developed tools, methods, and procedures that are portable.
Saint Mary's College provides ongoing material and student support through our formal MOU relationship with this local, nonprofit.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
The Legacy Garden

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):

The Legacy Garden is a half-acre garden managed by Sodexo Food Services that grows a diverse range of organic food, flowers and herbs. Saint Mary's College provides ongoing material and student support through our formal MOU relationship with this garden.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

We also have formal partnership with The Bay Area Climate Reality Project and Sustainable Lafayette (both local/regional nonprofits that work on issues of climate change and sustainability).


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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