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Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

UCCS currently works with the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network, an alliance of businesses, governmental, communities, and advocacy leaders working to build and advance sustainability in the Pikes Peak region. PPSBN brings businesses together to share best practices and support collaborative efforts to reach a sustainability standard that improves the triple bottom line.
UCCS sustainability staff sit on the board and were original founding members of the Green Cities Coalition to promote sustainability in the Pike Peak region. Additionally, UCCS coordinates with Colorado College participating on their sustainability council.

The UCCS Sustainability Office provides sustainability tours for the community. Students from local high schools tour the UCCS campus specifically to learn about green buildings, the recycling program, and the organic garden. Teachers subsequently work with students to help green their schools.


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):

UCCS has a formal partnership agreement with Ft. Carson Army Base to advance sustainability in the region and to collaborate on implementing sustainable practices and initiatives. In 2007, UCCS received the Community Partners Award from Fort Carson. This award recognizes individuals and organizations in the Pikes Peak region that are leading the way in successfully implementing sustainability programs.


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:

From 2011 to 2013, UCCS participated in a a broad-based three-year planning initiative to develop a regional sustainability plan. The result was "Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030 (PPR2030)", which is a strategic road map for achieving sustainability in the region by 2030. The road map was developed by a broad based collaborative effort representing volunteers, professionals and community leaders from nearly 100 organizations, including UCCS. The UCCS chancellor has supported the effort by signing on to a public letter of understanding. UCCS sustainability staff are currently on the board of the resulting organization to further the plan; Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future (PASF).
http://www.ppcf.org/products/peak-alliance-for-a-sustainable-future.

The PPR 2030 and Peak Alliance focus on the following areas: agriculture; arts & culture; built & natural environment (including air and water quality); economic development; education; health; materials management; transportation; and water quantity.


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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