Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2014
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University of Maryland, College Park
PAE-19: Community Sustainability Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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Does the institution participate in community sustainability partnerships that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with the local community:

The University of Maryland has a number of community sustainability partnerships through both student groups and university administration.

Student group partnerships include:

Terps for Change - Terps for Change is committed to connecting the university with the local community through sustained, collaborative, and meaningful community service-learning. Terps for Change volunteers are expected to volunteer at least 2-3 hours per week and attend and actively engage in monthly dialogue events that focus on critical reflection and deeper understanding of service-learning and movement towards social change. Terps for Change community partners include: Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), Cavalry Women's Services, CentroNia, College and Career Pathways at Northwestern High School, Food and Friends, Little Lights Urban Ministries, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), and Engaged Community Offshoots (ECO).

Food Recovery Network - The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a network of student groups and individuals at UMD volunteering to recover the surplus food from the dining halls and sports games and donate it to hungry men, women and children in the DC area. Community partners are: So Others Might Eat (SOME), the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) and Gospel Rescue Ministries.

Terp Tracks - The Terp Tracks program pairs University of Maryland students with local middle school students for a 6-week workshop series that includes a field trip to campus on Maryland Day. Students have the chance to engage in a number of activities and workshops, learn about college and set higher education goals, and experience all that takes place during Maryland Day.

Administrative partnerships include:

Center for Educational Partnership - The University of Maryland and the Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) established a partnership in 2006 to create the Center for Educational Partnership (CEP). CEP’s main goals are to foster academic enrichment, parenting support, adult education, and recreational and cultural programs for the benefit of the surrounding community of Riverdale Park.

College Park City-University Partnership - The College Park City-University Partnership (CPCUP) was created to promote communication between the University and the City of College Park. The University has entered into a "Community Visioning" process in collaboration with the City of College Park, the 21st legislative delegation, the Prince George's County Council, and the County Executive. The visioning process will investigate ways to improve the local community in the following five areas: transportation, public safety, housing and economic development, K-12 education, and sustainability.

College Park Dream Team - The Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland Police, and Maryland Athletics kicked off the College Park Dream Team in 2012. The College Park Dream Team is a basketball partnership designed to strengthen relationships between community youth and officials from a team of local law enforcement agencies.

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

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