Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.09
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Elizabeth Drake
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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):

Second Nature; AASHE; EPA Green Power Partnership

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):

Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC)
Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) - Sustainability Working Group

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):

Staff from the Office of Sustainability, Facilities and Capital Planning, and Advancement presented at the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education during the fall of 2022. The sessions were titled "From Planning to Implementation: Swarthmore's Carbon Free Future" and "Making the Case: Raise Funds, Cultivate Donors, & Position Sustainability as a Strategic Priority".

The Director of Sustainability and Director of Strategic Sourcing presented a session on sustainable purchasing at the National Association of Educational Procurement Mid-Atlantic chapter's annual conference in October 2022.

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):

In 2021, Swarthmore College was named a finalist by the International Green Gown Awards in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category for our President's Sustainability Research Fellowship 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?:

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

Second Nature Climate Commitments 3.0 Working Group (staff) and Resilience Planning Working Group (staff)

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:

Swarthmore College’s Zero Waste Working group recently launched a Regional Zero Waste Campus Collaboration (RZWCC) with schools across Delaware County and the neighboring areas. This collaboration is meant to connect local colleges and universities in the region, many of whom send their waste directly to the incinerator in Chester. This collaboration meets regularly throughout the academic year and allows staff working closely with waste management and operations from across these schools to connect on zero waste initiatives and policies, share information about waste education, and leverage combined power to create change within each campus and regionally.

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:

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:

Information compiled by representatives from the Office of Sustainability.

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