Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.07
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date March 31, 2021

STARS v2.2

South Seattle College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Community Orchard of West Seattle

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? :
Not Sure

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

Community Orchard of West Seattle, (COWS) is a non profit organization and partners with Nature Stewards. COWS provides a home-scale model and venue that demonstrates how much food can be grown on a city-sized lot. Produce goes to volunteers and local food security programs.

COWS broke ground in the winter of 2011 and in its first year converted a narrow strip of unused land on the north east end of South Seattle College. Today you will find a working community garden and growing food forest orchard.

COWS uses permaculture and organic growing principles. All efforts are made in demonstrating low-maintenance sustainable food production strategies.

http://fruitinwestseattle.org/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
SBST with City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment and Department of Parks and Recreation

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):
Short-term project or event

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):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

In 2020, South's Sustainable Building Science Technology (SBST) B.A.S. program collaborated with the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). This included three student internships focused on the City’s Building Tune Up Ordinance implementation. OSE staff and DPR staff joined the program for video interviews and presentations. SBST students completed class projects including transferring data and evaluating Tune Up quality for OSE, and performing energy audits of DPR buildings.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Sustainable Building Science Technology and Urban Environmental Education

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):
Short-term project or event

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):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

In 2020, South's Sustainable Building Science Technology (SBST) B.A.S. program collaborated with Antioch University on a peer-to-peer learning experience that encompasses comprehensive urban systems- ecology and place, natural and built systems, race and social justice, economics and policy, and the built environment. Learning outcomes of this partnership included:
1. Discuss scale and systems and their influence on sustainability
2. Contextualize sustainability in terms of policy, zoning, codes, and design impact social justice
3. Understand major building systems and how they impact sustainability
4. Participate in discussion that addresses theories of change and practicalities of implementation to improve sustainability and equity


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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