Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.70
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Boulder
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Dave Newport
Director
Environmental Center
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

CU has an ongoing MOU with the City, County and School Board on sustainability; partnerships that may involve leveraged funding and/or staffing on alternative transportation projects such as bike paths and pedestrian underpasses, contracts with the City and County to deliver student-outreach in targeted neighborhoods on recycling and energy conservation (SCORE program). The MOU is approved by and involves senior level campus and community leaders and staff. Likewise, CU has membership on the Colorado Municipal League's Energy and Climate Task Force; joint transportation planning with the City and County; and numerous student internships focusing on projects of interest to the local governments.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council's (FAPC) promotes a locally-based food and agricultural system that advances Boulder County's economic, environmental, and social well being through research, education, and public policy recommendations. CU staff and community volunteers and local gov reps participate in all manner of ongoing FAPC activities. CU staff and student volunteers support community gardens, food rescue, and direct sourcing of local foods for campus consumption.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

CU participates formally in ongoing local and regional sustainable transportation planning options. We participate in regional sustainable community and transportation options through the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Regional sustainable transportation options such as community bus passes, off-hours van pooling for custodial/dining workers, guaranteed ride homes, etc have evolved from these partnerships. As such, social equity, economic prosperity and ecological health are all served by sustainable transportation options. The campus provides strong staff support and significant financial resources to projects and programs that advance these goals.Working through DRCOG, campus stakeholder dialogues, and local government planning processes, these activities are grounded in a high degree of stakeholder engagement from early scoping to final decision making authority. See
https://drcog.org/planning-great-region/sustainable-communities-initiative
CU also participates in local sustainable community and transportation planning though partnerships and affiliation with Boulder County and the City of Boulder's transportation planning process, TIP planning, and various advisory boards. See:
http://www.bouldercounty.org/roads/plans/pages/default.aspx
and
https://bouldercolorado.gov/transportation/tmp


A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
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The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

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