Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.81
Liaison Michael Mendoza
Submission Date Jan. 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Houston
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Melissa Halstead
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Urban Harvest

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:

UH has a partnership with Urban Harvest, an organization that focuses on youth education gardening and nutrition classes to explore healthy nutrition, food systems, native habitats and ecosystems at Houston-area schools. UH will provide classroom space, free of charge and Urban Harvest will provide organic gardening advice, articles, and donations for our UH Community Garden in return. This relationship has been ongoing for several years. The partnership works towards teaching others regarding the importance of environmental stewardship and urban organic methods. http://urbanharvest.org/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Citizens Environmental Coalition

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):
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):

The UH Office of Sustainability is an active member and partner of the Citizens Environmental Coalition. UH pays annual dues for the past four years and in return the Citizens Environmental Coalition assists with promotion of events of sustainability related events and communication city wide. Citizens Environmental Coalition will also collaborate with various sustainability related events throughout the year. http://www.cechouston.org/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Dress for Success

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):
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 (3rd partnership):

The UH Women and Gender Resource Center on campus is an ongoing member and partners with Houston's Dress for Success. The Women and Gender Resource Center refers students in need to the Dress for Success organization to receive a suit for job or internship ready. http://dfshouston.org/


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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