Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Erin LeFever
Asst Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
University Impact Area Solutions Study (UIASS)

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

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? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

This is a collaborative partnership between the University, local neighborhood associations (led in part by individuals representing under-represented communities and vulnerable populations), the City of Cincinnati, and other stakeholders which lays out a variety of goals aimed at preserving the unique character of the diverse neighborhoods surrounding the University of Cincinnati, while at the same time improving the University’s relationship with the neighboring community. https://www.uc.edu/af/pdc/sustainability/links_resources/off-campus.html After this study was published, the University began working on different projects to have a better impact on the surrounding community. Two of these projects are the Living in the Neighborhood series and CHCURC Housing Strategy. From this study, UC created the Living in the Neighborhood series, given every fall, to educate students on how their actions affect the surrounding communities and thus "be a good neighbor". This is a three part series with presentations from the Student Wellness Center, representatives from neighborhood associations, UC Police Department, and UC Community Development. Additionally, UC is working with the CUF neighborhood association and Clifton Heights Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC) on the CHCURC Housing Strategy. This strategy will work on taking ownership of blighted homes to renovate and re-sell at a low cost ensuring more affordability for employees of the University and other residents, while also ensuring safety of students that are renting these houses. By having affordable housing close to campus, this may encourage new faculty and staff to buy a home close to campus and be able to walk to work, increasing their health and the health of the neighborhood by reducing carbon emissions


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Green Partnership for Cincinnati

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):

This is a longstanding collaboration between six major regional institutions (City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Cincinnati Public Schools, University of Cincinnati, Duke Energy, and Cincinnati State) whose goal is to encourage and support efforts that will measurably improve environmental performance, save money for the GPGC partners, and demonstrate commitment and leadership to the Greater Cincinnati community. See http://www.green-cincinnati.org/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Cincinnati 2030 District

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):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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