Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.45
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2020

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Director
Center for Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


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

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Bay Area Higher Education Sustainability Officers Network
California Higher Education Sustainability Conference


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

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

Each year, the Center for Sustainability attends several sustainability conferences, such as AASHE, the Association for Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Facilities/Campus Safety/Sustainability Conference, and the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC). At each, representatives of SCU have contact with other colleges and universities from the area, state, and nation, with which they collaborate and share ideas.

CHESC 2019 (July 2019)
Presentation: “A People-Oriented Sustainability Strategic Plan” (Cara Uy and Lindsey Kalkbrenner)
Presentation: “Student-Campus Collaborations to Purchase Sustainable Food” (Emma McCurry ‘21 and Lindsey Kalkbrenner)

Environmental Justice & The Common Good (May 2019)
Workshop: “Campus Transitions Towards Sustainability and Environmental Justice” (Cara Uy and Leslie Gray)

Silicon Valley Power Energy Task Force (October 31, 2018)
Presentation: “Sustainability Strategic Plan Overview” (Lindsey Kalkbrenner)


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

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

Through presentations of university case studies and projects, California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) provides opportunities for attendees to learn from and be inspired from other institutions as well as serve as a space for networking with like-minded individuals.

The Center for Sustainability won three Best Practice Awards at the CHESC 2019 conference including Sustainable Food Service: Students Leading the Shift Toward a Sustainable Campus Food System, Sustainability Innovations: Utilizing Campus Farms for Interdisciplinary Studies, and Planning, Communications, and Partnerships: A People-Oriented Sustainability Strategic Plan.

The Sustainable Food Service: Students Leading the Shift Toward a Sustainable Campus Food System award highlights the recent collaboration with the Real Food Challenge (RFC) and SCU’s Sustainability Strategic Plan to purchase 25% Real Food by 2020 and to increase the proportion of plant-based meals offered.

The Sustainability Innovations: Utilizing Campus Farms for Interdisciplinary Studies award honors SCU’s on-campus farm/garden, The Forge Garden, which teaches hands-on skills of growing food in addition to being a tool for engaging a diversity of students in sustainability and our food system. Throughout the year, it is utilized as a living lab with a variety of on-campus departments and also serves as a place for community and student engagement.

The Planning, Communications, and Partnerships: A People-Oriented Sustainability Strategic Plan award celebrates SCU’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, which is an engaging, people-oriented plan built by university stakeholders and formulated with interactive components so the entire campus community can contribute to the Plan’s outlined goals and objectives. Through an overview video, a simple online booklet, an implementation roadmap, a public dashboard of metrics, “Playbooks,” and a badge-award system, campus members have multiple opportunities to learn more about sustainability.


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

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Lindsey Kalkbrenner served on the steering committee of CHESC in 2018-2019


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?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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