Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.03
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date June 7, 2016
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Energy and Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

-AASHE: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
-ACUPCC: American College and University President's Campus Climate Commitment
-USGBC: US Green Building Council
-Second Nature

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

-NECSC: Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium
-NYCSHE: New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education
-NYSEWG: New York State Sustainability Education Working Group
-REV Campus Challenge
-SUNY Sustainability Coalition

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

2016 Extension Sustainability Summit. "... two-day Summit addressing sustainability and Extension’s outreach role. ESS2016 will provide an avenue to transition the ongoing conversations around sustainability outreach into an action plan." Topic areas included climate, food, land, energy and water.
J. Heavey. Willow Bioenergy Crops: Extension Services and Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Supply Chains. Extension Sustainability Summit 2016. Portland, OR, 4/7/16, 75 participants.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

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

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

State of New York Sustainability Conference 2016 planning committee.

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?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

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

-ESF recently joined the New York State REV Campus Challenge which promotes clean energy efforts by recognizing and supporting colleges and universities in New York State that implement clean energy projects and principles on campus, in the classroom, and in surrounding communities. The REV Campus Challenge is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a strategy to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV Campus Challenge recognizes achievements among institutions of higher education and enables exchange of best practices and lessons learned. REV Campus Challenge seeks to help colleges and universities meet their financial, environmental, academic, and community goals through clean energy solutions that also help scale up total clean energy use in New York State.

ESF recently participated in the REV Energy to Lead Competition, Governor Cuomo’s $3 million clean energy competition for colleges and universities. The competition challenged student-led coalitions across the State to develop creative ideas to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions on school campuses and beyond. ESF put forth an innovative proposal in partnership with four other colleges in the Central New York Region, to form a sustainable energy learning network between higher education and community partners in the region. The proposal was not funded by REV, but ESF is pursuing other opportunities to fund this proposal.

-The Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP) is a transdisciplinary approach to sustainability. Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems form a unique collaboration providing world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise managementESF engaged with four other colleges and universities as part of the REV campus challenge Energy to Lead Competition. The partnering institutions drafted a grant proposal for a collaborative energy learning network in central New York focused on building energy use reductions through technology, software, efficiency, building scheduling, occupant engagement and curriculum integration. The proposal was not funded under the original call for proposals, but ESF is pursuing options to fund this effort.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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