|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||April 22, 2016|
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
EN-9: Community Partnerships
|3.00 / 3.00||
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
SIUE is partnered with a cooperative student group called Natural Connections. Natural Connections created a 1 acre garden plot, maintained and utilized by and for students, in order to bring local food sources to the campus and surrounding areas. Those who want to eat from the garden must exchange work hours tending it. Originally started by Wolf-Mark Veverka and Jessica Urbonas in the fall of 2013, the group has attracted up to 100 student members, as well as attention from local businesses and members from surrounding communities.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):
SIUE is partnered with an on-going service project called Campus Kitchen Initiative, providing food to local Glen-Ed Pantry since 2012. The goal is to help fulfill nutritional requirements to those in need throughout the community. Not only does Campus Kitchen utilize otherwise unused portions of food, they also help to impact many lives from the surrounding areas.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
The campus is home to a 380 acre nature preserve that is a center for transdisciplinary research objectives since 2010. Faculty members, as well as graduate and undergraduate students have conducted transformative and novel sustainability-focused research from this valuable protected resource. The preserves consist of forest, secondary forest, grasslands, and lakeside habitats for many species of plant and wildlife. The preserves provide a locus for valuable scientific discovery, and a basis for determining ecological well-being of surrounding environments.
A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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