|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Liaison||Mary Ellen Mallia|
|Submission Date||Jan. 15, 2016|
University at Albany
EN-9: Community Partnerships
|3.00 / 3.00||
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
The Office of Sustainability has a partnership with the Upstate NY Chapter of the US Green Building Council. This partnership includes hosting the monthly Sustainability Speakers continuing education program as well as special events such as GPRO training. The office also promotes their Green Drinks series.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):
The Department of Geography and Planning routinely works with a community partner as part of their spring Planning Studio class. An example of the kind of work they do is exemplified by the Spring of 2014 project when the department collaborated with the hamlet of Palenville, town of Catskill and Green County Economic Development to create a plan to develop nature trails, open space and eco-tourism for the area.The students listened to various stakeholders voice their ideas and opinions about what they would like to see happen in their community. Students were broken up into groups and each group was mentored by at least one community member who was able to provide the opportunities and challenges the about the community. The planning studio completed their first technical memo covered the existing conditions of the community. A second technical memo discussed the opportunities and challenges. Students met with committee members in the middle of March 2014 to get feedback and finalize details for a public meeting to be held at the end of month. This meeting allowed for further interactions to take place between the planning studio students and community members. Attendees were encouraged to talk to the students working on the respective topic areas and mark up maps that were displayed with comments, questions, and suggestions. The studio then gave a presentation about why they identified the chosen topics areas and where they were headed with their proposed ideas. Following the public meeting, the planning studio took all the comments, questions and suggestions that were made and applied them to the draft final plan for Palenville which was submitted at the end of April 2014. The document went through several revisions and edit stages based on community feedback and a final plan was rendered at the end of the semester. The final report can be found at: http://www.albany.edu/gp/files/2014_Spring_Palenville_Studio.pdf
This adheres to the criteria of collaborative in that the UAlbany faculty member that is teaching the studio and the students taking the course work closely with the appropriate community partner on a selected sustainability program or project development. The community partner plays an active role in setting the parameters of the study, providing feedback on the advance of the study and implementation of recommended actions.
University at Albany requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: The SEED program (Small Enterprise Economic Development) is a Loan Program for future Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners that bases the lending decision on the character of the applicant and feasibility of the business model. The program was developed to address the following needs in the community: •Entrepreneurship opportunities for individuals who have indicated an interest in starting a business(*) but lack the credit, capital and/or collateral for traditional funding or for expanding a business where financing is difficult to obtain. •Provide economic growth and community revitalization by extending loan funds to projects typically not fundable within current lending formulas. •Offer a model program that will evaluate the character of the borrower as well as the Business Model and project feasibility in determining fundability of the business that can be duplicated statewide. The Small Enterprise Economic Development program is a collaborative effort between: School of Business and Social Welfare at UAlbany, the UAlbany Small Business Development Center, the State Employees Federal Credit Union and the Empire State Development Corp. The partnership was developed to provide entrepreneurs that do not meet traditional lending criteria of cash, collateral and credit score with an alternative means to funding the start-up or expansion of their business. It creates a micro-enterprise loan fund that makes lending decision based on the character of the applicant, quality and feasibility of the business model and financial projections. The University staffs the program and provides training sessions, SEFCU provides financial support and the Empire State Development center provides operating support. The loan program began in 2013. Since that time more than $1.2 million were invested in 37 small businesses while saving or creating over 150 jobs. http://www.albany.edu/seed/index.php
Explanation: Revising submission to include another collaborative partnership example and use the original one submitted for EN-9 (SEED, small business loan program) for an innovation credit.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
The Albany Promise was launched to improve educational outcomes for Albany's K-12 students and is co-led by Dr. Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, the Albany School District Superintendent and a member of the Albany Common Council. Albany Promise is made up of education, community, business, civic and philanthropic leaders. Partners have jointly developed a cradle to career education vision, mission, and goals for the Albany community and meet frequently. Action teams have been developed to focus on three key areas: Early Childhood, Fourth Grade success and High School success in order to gauge progress. Since Dr. Robert Jones came to UAlbany as its President in January 2013, he has embraced The Albany Promise and its potential to have a positive impact on students and the City of Albany. UAlbany has taken the lead on the evaluation piece of the program and compiled the first Albany Promise report card in 2014. http://www.albany.edu/news/files/ReportCard_2014-2.pdf
This fulfills the definition of a transformative partnership as it is a multi-year commitment devoted to improving the educational outcomes of students living in the Albany area for which the university and other entities are providing significant staff time and resources to make a success. The partnership involves a wide range of active stakeholders which play a role in setting the agenda, conducting program implementation and reviewing progress to inform future decision making.
University at Albany requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: The University at Albany has partnered with the Albany City School District, SUNY Central Administration, the Albany Family Education Alliance and Albany City Common Council on the Albany Promise. This initiative a Cradle-to-Career Partnership that brings together community partners to improve the academic outcomes of students from the neighborhoods of West Hill, Arbor Hill, and the South End. The objective of Albany Promise is to use a collaborative and evidence-based approach to ensure that all Albany students have the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond. http://albanypromise.org/
Explanation: providing a more detailed description of how partners are involved.
A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
The University has several programs that focus on international issues. One such program that focuses on sustainability related concerns is our Center for Global Health. This serves as the School of Public Health's focal point for public health related international collaborations, research and programs. The Center offers opportunities to faculty for exchanges and research collaborations with partners throughout the world on a range of health-related topics and offers students opportunities for study abroad, short and semester-long exchanges, and international internships. Existing collaborations with universities and public health agencies include those in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Estonia, the Republic of Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Romania, China, Vietnam, and India. The Center offers a Global Health Seminar series which focuses on preparing students to live and work in other cultures.
University at Albany requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: The Albany Promise is modeled after a program established by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher while she was President of the University of Cincinnati and is part of the national STRIVE network. The partnering groups work together to identify and target key variables and metrics that would help raise the academic success and graduation rates in city K-12 schools. The Albany version of this program, while centering on the Albany City School, focuses on our neighborhoods with higher poverty rates. The initiative began in 2011, developed a baseline report in 2012 and has subsequently released report card on their progress since. The evaluation component of the program is conducted by UAlbany's Center for Human Services Research.
Explanation: The original submission did not address non-local issues.
The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
Explanation: This website provides a comprehensive view of all of our public engagement offerings rather than focusing on one program.