Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Slippery Rock University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/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):

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


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):

Citizens Climate Lobby
PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Sustainable Development Task Force


Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
No

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
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Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
No

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

Paul Scanlon, SRU Director of Sustainability, serves as the chair of the PASSHE Sustainable Development (SDTF), a network of the 14 state system colleges. The SDTF is focused on sharing best practices among all colleges, has completed a sustainability plan and initiatives inventory to identify areas of expertise that can be shared with other colleges in need of assistance in raising their sustainability efforts. The SDTF is currently developing a Request for Proposals for a renewable Power Purchase Agreement, for which 4 individual universities have teamed up to take advantage of the economies of scale.

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Paul Scanlon, SRU Director of Sustainability, serves as the chair of the PASSHE Sustainable Development (SDTF), a network of the 14 state system colleges. The SDTF is focused on sharing best practices among all colleges, has completed a sustainability plan and initiatives inventory to identify areas of expertise that can be shared with other colleges in need of assistance in raising their sustainability efforts. The SDTF is currently developing a Request for Proposals for a renewable Power Purchase Agreement, for which 4 individual universities have teamed up to take advantage of the economies of scale.


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 :

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.


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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