Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Dec. 4, 2020
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University of Florida
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Fiona Hogan
Strategic Projects Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Partnership with Community Weatherization Coalition

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 UF Office of Sustainability partnered with CWC to explore how existing UF resources (both research and human resources) could be utilized to support CWC, a local non-profit organization. CWC conducts home energy weatherization services and retrofits for free in Alachua County as a way of addressing inequitable utility bill burdens and the leakage of natural resources. The OoS facilitated relationships between CWC and 6 undergraduate courses and 3 graduate courses in the FY 17-18. This helped CWC identify resources and partnerships to address their organizational needs. This partnership has continued in the FY 18-19 with further human resources as well as financial support from OoS.

The CWC program promotes conservation of environmental resources and addresses economic leakage in our communities due to utility burdens that disproportionately affect marginalized populations. Representation from these communities is present on every level within CWC, from the board to the volunteer staff.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Community Resource Paramedic: An Innovative Approach to Meeting the Needs of Gainesville’s Most Vulnerable Populations

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 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? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

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):

Funding for the project “Community Resource Paramedic: An Innovative Approach to Meeting the Needs of Gainesville’s Most Vulnerable Populations” was provided to support the partnership between UF and Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR). This partnership has aimed to address the increasing volume of 911 calls GFR respond to by implementing a community-based health care model. The intent of this model is to build first responders’ capacities to respond to underlying issues (such as social determinants of health), to better utilize the student and research resources available in UF and our larger community, and to increase community members’ access to mechanisms to better advocate for themselves.

https://vimeo.com/293243886


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Neighborhoods as Community Assets—Preparing for the Future While Protecting Neighborhoods

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 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? (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):

This project seeks to address a critical link between urban redevelopment, neighborhood preservation and gentrification by developing and implementing a scalable pilot citizen-participatory process to better understand these issues. It was launched in the historic black Porters Neighborhood successfully and will be continuing.

This program addresses issues of social equity and well-being, management of environmental features in the community space, and promotes economic empowerment from a grassroots level. Neighborhood associations have been centrally involved to help tailor processes to best serve their communities.


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

UF has made a concerted effort to collaborate more efficiently with the city of Gainesville and its larger community. This resulted in 7 projects (2 of which are mentioned above) receiving funding to further their collaboration.

https://strategicdevelopment.ufl.edu/2017/04/uf-announces-winners-of-more-than-300000-in-uf-city-of-gainesville-research-awards/


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