Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Linda Kogan
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future

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’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

The Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future, PASF, is the resulting organization after a multi-year effort by over 100 individuals and organizations to draft the first sustainability plan for the Pikes Peak Region (including Teller and El Paso County and the city of Colorado Springs). The university participated in the plan through staff time, leadership, and financial support (for report referenced below).
The resulting strategic plan, Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030, details goals in ten areas of sustainability. The PASF continues to advocate for sustainability in the region, and published the 2016 Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Report to highlight successes in the region. Students, staff, and faculty from UCCS serve on this board and help to direct efforts. The board also hosts a monthly Sustainability in Progress, free of charge, to highlight progress in all the areas of the plan.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Colorado Springs Sustainability Committee

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):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

The Colorado Springs Sustainability Committee is charged from the Mayor's office to provide recommendations and support for sustainability progress in the city. UCCS has a specific spot in this process and has helped to get the regional sustainability plan to be adopted by the City.
https://coloradosprings.gov/office-sustainability/page/sustainability-initiatives


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium

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’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

The Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium is a framework to increase higher education access, persistence and completion. The consortium is focused on opportunities for nontraditional, underrepresented and first-generation students to promote long-term economic development

Consortium members include UCCS, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Adams State College, Western State Colorado University, Fort Lewis College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Lamar Community College and Otero Junior College


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

From the Chancellor's Office website
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus exists because of its community's advocacy and in turn is committed to Colorado Springs and the southern Colorado region. Innovation and collaboration, two of our core values, reflect this commitment. The former speaks to our role as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural change in our communities and the latter to our search for opportunities to collaborate, to build partnerships and to engage with external organizations. Crucially, our goal is to "build mutually beneficial cultural, civic, economic and system-wide collaborations with external partners and organizations to advance UCCS and the southern Colorado region.
https://www.uccs.edu/chancellor/values-and-priorities.html

Community & Regional Relations

University Advancement professionals coordinate the university's primary outreach activities to the community and region. This includes memberships in key organizations, attendance at key community events, representation on important community initiatives and the creation of partnerships supporting the university's mission.
Projects & Partnerships

FISU – International University Sports Federation
NANA Development Corporation
Operation 6035
Peak Vista Senior Health Clinic
Olympic Partnerships
Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium
Anschutz Branch Medical Campus
Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
Center for Regional Advancement


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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