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

STARS v2.2

South Seattle College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of 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 (AASHE)


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):

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC)


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):

In February 2019, two faculty of the Sustainable Building Science Technology program of South Seattle College presented at WAHESC 2019. The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition Conference (WOHESC) conference is a regionally focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research. South Seattle staff and faculty presented on their innovative curricular program to help others establish, sustain, and integrate like programs into existing and future campus sustainability initiatives. The session was titled, "Experiential Learning beyond the Classroom: Case Studies of Project-Based Collaborations." Project-based learning for the SBST program means that we are integrating real-world projects into the classroom, and students are taking the lead on managing the projects over the course of a quarter or sometimes two quarters.

In February 2021, Steve Abercrombie, Lead Faculty of South Seattle's Sustainable Building Science Technology (SBST) B.A.S. program provided a virtual guided tour of our Georgetown campus. It was more than a simple building tour in that Steve demonstrated virtual reality can be used as a dynamic tool to learn about our campus buildings and infrastructure. "Using virtual 3D educational technology, you'll experience a state of the art virtual learning environment to enhance online education, get up close looks at LEED building sustainability components, and learn how the Sustainable Building Science Technology program at SSC made it all possible."


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):

1. District Sustainability Coordinator served on the WOHESC 2021 conference planning committee.
2. South staff and students participate on WAHESC Committee conference calls.


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:

The District Sustainability Coordinator has participated in the AASHE mentorship program the past 2 years, both as a mentoree and mentor. Additionally, in 2020-2021, our WAHESC group formed a work group for those completing or interested in AASHE STARS. We meet monthly to discuss best practices and help each other trouble shoot.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

District Sustainability Coordinator served as peer reviewer for Bellevue College's AASHE STARS and sustainability assessment in early 2021.


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

Sustainability faculty are engaged in collaborations, both formal and informal, with institutions around the region, including other district colleges, North and Central Seattle Colleges, Shoreline Community College, Cascadia College, Bellingham Technical College, the Pacific NW Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College, and Lane Community College. Activities include regular meetings about program practices and ideas for collaboration/improvement and long-term resource planning as well as involvement in the Center of Excellence’s strategic planning process.

In 2017, Seattle Colleges hosted its first district-wide commencement ceremony. We piloted a Cap & Gown Recycling program across all three campuses. including South. Over one hundred gowns and caps set were collected and recycled. We did this Cap & Gown again in 2018 and 2019, but no in person commencement was held in 2020. The Sustainability office steam sanitizes them in order to be used again by next cohort of students who can rent the gowns and caps and then return them.


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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