Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.67
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 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?:
Yes

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
- We-ALL
- We Are Still In
- National Recycling Coalition
- PLAN


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

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
- NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling
- REV Campus Challenge
- SUNY Sustainability Coalition
- Syracuse Center of Excellence
- US Green Building Council Upstate New York Chapter


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

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

The Chief Sustainability Officer was a member of the closing Plenary Panel at the 2018 State of New York Sustainability Conference.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No
+ Date Revised: July 17, 2019

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

n/a

+ Date Revised: July 17, 2019

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? :
Yes

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

- State of New York Sustainability Conference 2016 planning committee
- State of New York Sustainability Conference 2017 planning committee
- State of New York Sustainability Conference 2018 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Sustainability staff from The College is currently mentoring the University of West Indies on becoming a more sustainable institution and takes steps toward climate action on their campus as part of the formal collaboration between the two institutions as part of the SDG13 Consortium. The College is sharing information about steps taken towards these ends at ESF, the Second Nature climate commitment, the use of AASHE STARS to improve campus sustainability, LEED and green building, sustainable materials management, student engagement, natural climate solutions such as forest and land-based carbon sequestration, and other aspects of campus sustainability.

The College's students, staff, and faculty have recently been involved in numerous other mentoring activists with other colleges, government agencies, and NGOs for the purposes of assisting with the ongoing development of their sustainability programs. Examples include Syracuse University, the University of the Virgin Islands, University of Puerto Rico, SUNY Sustainability Coalition, SUNY, City of Syracuse, and many others.

+ Date Revised: July 16, 2019

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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

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

- ESF is active with 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.

- 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.

- ESF is active with the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, University of Puerto Rico, University at Albany, and institutions regarding post-disaster recovery efforts in the Caribbean.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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