Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.70
Liaison Raymond Bowdish
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2020
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Potsdam
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Raymond Bowdish
WISER Center Coordinator
Biology
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Local Living Venture & the WISER Center

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’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

SUNY Potsdam's Biology Department houses the Wagner Institute for Sustainability and Ecological Research (WISER) Center [https://www.potsdam.edu/academics/AAS/biology/wiser] and the Local Living Venture (non-profit 501(c)(3)- [https://www.locallivingventure.org/]) organizations pool their facility and community outreach resources, respectively, to provide workshops on pollinator habitat creation, beekeeping and demonstrations of local skills and practices that promote sustainable lifestyles. We are in the second year of an ongoing partnership. Both groups have underrepresented individuals help to make decisions about how outreach and mission decisions are made.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Garden Share & the WISER Center

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):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Garden Share and the WISER Center at SUNY Potsdam have partnered to help reduce food insecurity. Our primary interaction is the Growing Community Social event.
https://www.potsdam.edu/news/suny-potsdams-wiser-center-hosts-growing-community-social-gardenshare


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
People Project

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):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

The St. Lawrence County People Project.
Promoting collaboration of community partners to strengthen, enhance, and sustain St. Lawrence County
https://www.facebook.com/pg/SLCPeopleProject/about/?ref=page_internal


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

The Environmental Studies and Sociology Departments have had a long-standing partnership with the Ecovillage at Ithaca (NY) (https://ecovillageithaca.org/learn/).
The ES/SOCI class Environment & Society class takes students there for a multi-day service-learning field trip each spring. Every few years, there is a more in-depth immersion program of a short-term travel course (called Sustainable Communities: The Ecovillage Experience) that takes students to both the Ecovillage at Ithaca AND to CLoughjordan Ecovillage (Ireland) (http://www.thevillage.ie/).


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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