Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.79
Liaison Ryan Chabot
Submission Date April 23, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ryan Chabot
Sustainability Coordinator
Arboretum and Sustainability Initiatives
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
IDEAS for Us

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
No

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:
IDEAS for Us is a United Nations accredited non-governmental organization that works locally and globally to implement energy, water, food, waste, and ecological solutions to environmental problems. Chris Castro, UCF graduate and now Federally Appointed Chief of Staff for the Department of Energy Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP), co-founded IDEAS for Us in 2008 alongside Henry Harding. What originally started as a student initiative at the University of Central Florida has now grown globally with initiatives in over 30 countries. IDEAS has an official branch dedicated to UCF, which is recognized as a part of the NGO and a registered student organization on campus.

https://ideasforus.org/

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
GEEO

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
GEEO was founded by Professor James Bacchus, a Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Central Florida. The center was developed with a mission to advance UCF’s presence in local, regional, and national sustainability initiatives by advancing UCF’s role and reputation on global economic and environmental issues, and the confluence of both. Originally developed to achieve these goals through a partnership with UCF’s Sustainability Initiatives program, GEEO has grown to the point of international recognition. Partnerships with IDEAS for US, Green Actioneers, East Central Florida Regional Resiliency Planning Council, and the City of Orlando’s Greenworks program in addition to forming a international network of University's concerned with sustainability (including Cambridge University and the University of Queensland) has helped to maintain and strengthen GEEO’s relationship with local, regional, and international sustainability programs. Meanwhile, the center has developed strong partnerships with the US branch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network which has accelerated GEEO and UCF’s global involvement in the achievement of the UN SDGs.

GEEO’s fellows, which serve as a council to spread the center’s mission and advise on various issues and decisions the center makes, are a group made up of over 70 UCF professors and lecturers, as well as over 40 leaders of Orlando and Central Florida sustainability-based organizations.

https://sciences.ucf.edu/geeo/

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
American Cancer Society Relay for Life Program

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a volunteer-led program with a mission to bring together passionate supporters together to raise funds to support victims through advocacy, research, and patient support. The Relay for Life program embodies sustainability through the UN sustainable development goal of good health and well-being.

https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay

A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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