Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.24
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Slippery Rock University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
2.50 / 3.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

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

AASHE
Second Nature
NACUBO (National Association of College & University Business Officers)
EPA Green Power Partnership
Citizens Climate Lobby


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

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

Sustainable Slippery Rock
Citizens Climate Lobby


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

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

"Analytics, Sustainability and Cost Savings" - Presented by VP Amir Mohammadi at the 2018 Integrating Analytics Forum, National Association of College and University Business Officers, Phoenix, AZ November 30, 2018.
This presentation described an innovative approach to abandoning the "business as usual" approach to incrementally addressing deferred maintenance ("DM") needs in favor of funding $21 million of deferred maintenance and energy conservation projects through a Guaranteed Energy savings Agreement. This program, to be implemented over two years (instead of twenty) dramatically increases our cumulative GHG emissions reductions - had we continued to budget $1 to $2 million per year in DM projects, our cumulative GHG reductions over the next 20 years would have amounted to an estimated 40,000 MTeCO2; by fast-tracking these projects, our cumulative GHG reductions over the same time period were estimated to be 800,000 MTeCO2.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
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Has the institution had staff, students or faculty 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):

Dr. Amir Mohammadi, SRU's VP of Finance, Administrative Affairs & Advancement, is currently the Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Panel for the National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO). The Sustainability Advisory Panel is responsible for advising the NACUBO Director of Environmental Leadership on campus issues such as financing sustainability projects, operational issues such as energy, dining services, transportation, green buildings and design, leadership and governance, and smart growth and campus planning. Advisory Panel members include representatives of eleven universities, including leaders in sustainability such as the University of California/Irvine and Arizona State University


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 staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

SRU shares the resources of the Macoskey Center with biology departments of the University of Pittsburgh and other regional colleges each year, as part of a summer program of environmental education at Pymatuning State Park. The Teacher/student groups visit the Macoskey Center on the first day of the program and receive a presentation on SRU's sustainability programs and Presidents Climate Commitment progress, as well as a tour of the sustainability features of the facilities and grounds.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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