Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

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 Sue Fassler
Sustainable Facilities Manager
Facilities
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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):

- All Hands and Hearts
- America is All In (previously We Are Still In)
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
- Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (Talloires Signatory Network)
- Beyond Plastics (Bennington College)
- Blue Generation (Puerto Rico)
- Clinton Global Initiative, Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery
- Environmental Law Alliance International
- Fair Labor Association
- Global (previously, National) Council for Science and the Environment
- Hispanic Federation
- National Association of State Foresters
- National Hispanic Environmental Council
- National Recycling Coalition (College and Universities Council)
- One Carbon World
- Planet Forward (George Washington University)
- Post Landfill Action Network
- Resilience through Innovation in Sustainable Energy (RISE) Network
- SBP USA
- Second Nature
- Society of American Foresters
- Strategic Energy Innovations (Climate Corps)
- SUNY / University of the West Indies Global Partnership for Climate Action
- Sustainable Development Solutions Network
- UNICEF-USA
- University Global Coalition
- University Global Compact
- US Climate Alliance
- US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
- US Green Building Council
- US Zero Waste Business Council
- Wellbeing Economic Alliance (We-ALL)
- Well Building Institute
- Zero Carbon Consortium
- Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA)


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):

- Acorns2Action
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (Vieques)
- Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
- Central New York Land Trust
- Empire Forests for the Future Initiative
- Empire Forest Products Industry Association
- Finger Lakes Land Trust
- Great Lakes Research Consortium
- Greening USA
- GreenVI
- Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Initiative
- National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI-Puerto Rico)
- New York Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Systems
- New York Chapter of the Society of American Foresters
- New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCHSE)
- New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3)
- New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management
- New York State Green Business Partnership
- New York State Product Stewardship Council
- New York State Stands with Puerto Rico Initiative
- NYSERDA REV Campus Challenge
- Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)
- Onondaga Environmental Institute
- Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership
- Regional Economic Development Councils (New York State)
- SOMOS Puerto Rico
- SUNY (State University of New York) Hispanic Leadership Initiative
- SUNY Global Learning for All Initiative
- SUNY Puerto Rico Task Force
- SUNY Sustainability Coalition
- Syracuse Unversity Center for Sustainable Community Solutions
- Syracuse University Center of Excellence
- Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center
- Syracuse University Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
- Upstate Freshwater Institute
- US Green Building Council Upstate New York Chapter
- US Virgin Islands Recycling Partnership
- Vieques Conservation Historical Trust (Puerto Rico)
- Vieques Love (Puerto Rico)


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):

University Global Compact "17 Rooms" Event:

ESF's Chief Sustainability Officer facilitated a focused discussion on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDS) number 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) at the University Global Compact "17 Rooms" event hosted by Rutgers State University of New Jersey, co-organized by the Brookings Institute, George Mason University, and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The event focused on identifying game-changing priority actions for the SDGs.

Resilience through Innovation in Sustainable Energy (RISE) Network Conference:

ESF's Chief Sustainability Officer facilitated a conference-wide discussion focused on strategies to advance partnerships of academic institutions, community groups, indigenous people, nonprofits, and government organizations (federal, regional, state, and local). He also was a panel member speaking about lessons of the SUNY Puerto Rico Task force and its efforts to assist with post-disaster recovery.

SOMOS Puerto Rico:

SOMOS' mission is to unite the Latino community and raise awareness, advocate, and elevate social consciousness on public policy in collaboration with the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force; and to ensure the upward mobility of Latino youth through educational empowerment, mentoring programs and scholarships. ESF's Chief Sustainability Officer spoke at the SOMOS Puerto Rico event about lessons of the SUNY Puerto Rico Task force and its efforts to assist with post-disaster recovery.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network Zero Carbon Action Plan Launch:

ESF's Chief Sustainability Officer was a co-author for ZCAP, leading the plan's chapter on materials management. He helped lead the launch of ZCAP, including facilitating a webinar on the materials chapter. ZCAP was presented to the incoming US Administration as a policy pathways document.

AASHE 2020 Conference:

ESF's Sustainable Facilities Manager presented during AASHE's virtual 2020 Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (The Path to Zero Waste: Emotional Intelligence, Effective Advocacy and Sustainable Operations) and at the NYS GreenNY Forum (The Path to Zero Waste).


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
Yes

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

ESF's Chief Sustainability Officer led the development of the materials management chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Zero Carbon Action Plan, presented to the incoming US Administration.

The College was awarded the 2020 NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling's Recycling Award in the Education Category. As well as a 2020 NYSAR3 College Council Grant for its reusable menstrual cup program.


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):

- Blue Generation, Puerto Rico Advisor (ongoing)
- Beyond Plastics Advisory Committee (ongoing)
- Clinton Global Initiative, Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery Workshop (2018)
- Global Student Environmental Alliance Advisor (ongoing)
- GreenVI Advisor (ongoing)
- Island Green Board of Directors (ongoing)
- National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors (honorary, lifetime member) (ongoing)
- National Zero Waste Conference (2020)
- National Zero Waste Conference (2021)
- PLAN Beyond Waste Student Summit (2020)
- Planet Forward Advisory Council (ongoing)
- RISE Conference (Transforming University Engagement in Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico) (2019)
- RISE Network Steering Committee (ongoing)
- State of NY Sustainability Conference (2018)
- Sustainable Development Solutions Network Zero Carbon Action Plan Launch (2020)
- UNICEF-USA Annual Summit (2019)
- Vieques Love Board of Directors (ongoing)
- Zero Carbon Consortium (ongoing)


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 College's students, staff, and faculty have been involved in numerous 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.


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?:
No

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

- ESF's Chief Sustainability Officer is involved in a number inter-campus organizations and collaborations, all mentioned above, and including America is All In, Beyond Plastics, Clinton Global Initiative, Global Council for Science and the Environment, National Recycling Coalition College and Universities Council, Planet Forward, RISE Network, Second Nature, SUNY / University of the West Indies Global Partnership for Climate Action, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, UNICEF-USA, University Global Coalition, University Global Compact, Wellbeing Economic Alliance, and Zero Carbon Consortium.

- ESF's Sustainable Facilities Manager presents about the College's zero waste programs at conferences and smaller, informal sustainability gatherings. After each presentation, other Colleges and Universities reach out for more information. Follow up meetings then occur to share ideas, best practices and technical expertise. Examples of collaboration include: SUNY New Paltz, Clarkson University, and LeMoyne College.

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


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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