Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Kristyn Achilich
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Kristyn Achilich
Director and Instructor
Center for the Environment; Education
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
The Vermont Campus Sustainability Network (VCSN) College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) The Vermont Campus Sustainability Network promotes environmental awareness and action on Vermont’s campuses and within Vermont’s larger communities through the free exchange of information, focused education and events, creative collaborations, and specific projects and initiatives. We believe that Vermont’s campus communities have the knowledge, will, and resources to lead society-at-large to a more just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable future.

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
The Director of the Farm Program and Center for the Environment is on the Advisory Board of Sodexo's Vermont First Initiative. Advisory Board members: • Provide strategic guidance in determining Vermont First’s objectives • Challenge the Leadership Team to maintain compatibility with objectives through implementation of all initiatives and projects • Assist Sodexo in identifying and addressing areas of opportunity, potential risks and challenges, and emerging local trends • Support the creation of partnerships, sponsorships, and other strategic linkages between Sodexo and other organizations • Offer expert, focused insight, advice, and resources on topics and issues relevant to Vermont First • Individual Board members come to the Advisory Board with a degree of consistency, longevity, and background knowledge that allows him/her to know enough and have enough interest that he/she can advise reliably on particular issues

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?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
As part of the Continuous Energy Improvement campaign, in November of 2019 the College committed to a cohort model led by Efficiency Vermont to engage students across several Vermont colleges (SMC, Champlain, Middlebury, Bennington) in energy improvement projects around their campus. Through CEI campaign, we participated in several webinars presented by other colleges on various sustainability topics (e.g., UVM, Bennington) including managing sustainability during COVID restrictions. In addition, on many occasions we have reached out to peer institutions in Vermont to seek advice/brainstorm with neighboring campuses on various sustainability efforts (such as recycling/waste reduction planning) as well as on STARS reporting.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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