Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

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
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

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)
- Bee Campus USA
- 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)
- Nature Positive Universities
- One Carbon World
- Planet Forward (George Washington University)
- Post Landfill Action Network
- Resilience through Innovation in Sustainable Energy (RISE) Network
- 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
- 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?:

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 (British Virgin Islands)
- 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 in Environmental and Energy Systems
- 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)- Acorns2Action

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

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


- Live lightening round presentation: Innovations in Sustainable Procurement, A Campus Green Purchasing Guide

Other conference presentations in 2022

- GreenNY Forum: The Path to Zero Waste
- Municipal Green Policy Solutions: Innovations in Sustainable Procurement, A campus green purchasing guide's role in achieving buy-in for mandatory procurement standards
- NYSAR3, part of 4 College panel presentation entitled: Striving for Campus Circularity, Reflections from four NYS higher education leaders

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

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

ESF submitted a case study to Campus Race to Zero Waste for the 2022 case study competition focused on ESF's Green Purchasing & Break Free From Plastic Policy and associated Green Purchasing Guide (attached below)

Has the institution had employees or students 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):

- Blue Generation, Puerto Rico Advisor (ongoing)
- Beyond Plastics Advisory Committee (ongoing)
- 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)
- New York State Green Building Conference (2021, 2022, 2023)
- PLAN Beyond Waste Student Summit (2020)
- Planet Forward Advisory Council (ongoing)
- RISE Network Steering Committee (ongoing
- Rockefeller Institute Local Government Conference (2022)
- Sustainable Development Solutions Network Zero Carbon Action Plan
- Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Education and Outreach Committee (ongoing)
- United University Professions Environmental Issues & Advocacy Committee Co-Chair (ongoing)
- 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?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The College's faculty, staff, and students 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.

In Fall 2022, Lemoyne College, Syracuse University, Upstate Medical University and ESF began meeting quarterly for "Sustainability on the Hill" meetings. These meetings are designed to facilitate idea sharing, mutual learning and collaboration.

Many institutions of higher learning routinely contact ESF's Office of Sustainability with requests for more information about programs, implementation and general advice. Recent examples include SUNY Purchase and St. Bonaventure University. Another example of a newly development relationship is between SUNY ESF and the New York Bass Nation Youth Program. The Office of Sustainability met with program leadership in late Fall 2022 to assist with program brainstorming. The Office will serve as a high level advisor during the program's Climate Action Plan creation process in early 2023.

ESF is also active in the NY Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education group and in 2021, presented an overview of its zero waste programs during a monthly coffee hour meeting. The goal of that meeting was to field questions and share best practices with colleagues in the higher education sustainability field across NYS.

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?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Office of Sustainability staff members provided a review of SUNY New Paltz's 2022 STARS submission. In 2023, the team will review Cornell University's submission.

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.