Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.92
Liaison Gretchen Vanicor
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Monica Rowand
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

1. SEC & Friends Sustainability Affinity Group
2. Keep Louisiana Beautiful University Affiliates
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, through the EPA Gulf of Mexico Trash-Free Water Program Grant, established the Louisiana's University Watershed Movement. The working group's first task task is partnering with Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Louisiana Department of Education to establish a Keep Louisiana Beautiful University affiliate program. The initial working group consists of five public universities and two private universities in Louisiana. The group first started meeting in summer of 2019, and has collaborated virtually throughout 2020 to develop the University affiliate program. The program was officially launched at the virtual Keep Louisiana Beautiful conference in November 2020. The initial focus of the working group is to build capacity across the state to identify sources of litter and reduce it through campus policies and purchasing, collect data regarding the types and volumes of litter on campuses to leverage zero waste policies and operations throughout the state, and engage students in defining problems and developing solutions for a more sustainable and resilient future for the state of Louisiana. The group is planning campus visits for 2021, once COVID-19 restrictions allow, to share other best practices in sustainable development and operations.
3. UL Lafayette is the lead entity for the North America Energy Research Alliance which involves 8 other US universities, 7 Mexican universities, and 7 Canadian universities. All are top energy and sustainability research oriented universities recognized world-wide. The NAERA stimulates collaborative R&D and open informational exchange across all of North America.
4. UL is a member of the VerTech Network – any international network of universities from Canada, US, Belgium, Mexico, and France that focuses on sustainable energy and waste utilization. Some recent VerTech activities:
a. UL hosted the 2017 VerTech Meeting in Lafayette which was embedded within LAGCOE – over 200 participants were there with over 80 papers given.
b. UL hosted the 2017 Green City Student Design competition in conjunction was the VerTech meeting. Students from Canada, US, Belgium, Mexico, China, France, and Brazil all participated. UL teams won first and third place.
c. UL participated in the 2017 and 2019 VerTech international sustainability summer school (in Canada for 2017 & in Belgium for 2019)

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

2019 AASHE Conference
- 60 minute presentation: Monetizing Campus Sustainability: Converting Operations Into Assets to Increase Revenues
- Poster: Synergy with Residential Life and Sustainability

2020 GCSHE
- On-demand session: Meeting Campus Sustainability Goals by Showcasing Them in College Sports

2020 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Conference: Session focused on sustainability in higher education

Well over 50 technical presentations were given by UL faculty on sustainability technologies in the past three years at various national and international conferences and symposia.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

UL Lafayette was the host for the 2019 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Greentech Conference which is an international conference focusing on sustainability technologies, designs, and policies. Over 20 UL faculty and students presented with Dr. Mark Zappi serving as the technical program chair. The papers generated from this conference were peer-reviewed published. IEEE is the worldwide leader in the power field and the flagship organization for electrical engineers.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

UL Lafayette established the Louisiana's University Watershed Movement. Through this working group, we have already helped universities with establishing baselines and measuring results. The University has committed, through the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program grant, to recruit and engage all public universities in the state of Louisiana by 2025.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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