Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Massachusetts Lowell
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ruairi O'Mahony
Executive Director
Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
Climate education in an Age of Media (CAM) - The CAM Project leverages ongoing initiatives of three key partners, UMass Lowell's Climate Change Initiative, Media Arts Studio at Cambridge Educational Access TV (Cambridge Public School System), and TERC (educational non-profit), to build an innovative climate change education program that reaches high school teachers and students and university students, as well as their broader communities. Online resources and evaluation are provided by our partners, SERC and Sage Fox Consulting Group, respectively. The CAM project offered two workshops (same content/different dates and locations) for secondary and post-secondary educators during the summer of 2013, to help educators integrate student-created media into their classes. As a method of disseminating student media production as a teaching method, educators and professional development offices are encouraged to use these resources to run workshops in their local area. The resources include powerpoint presentations, video and audio recordings of project PIs presenting them, as well as handouts and other printed materials. http://cleanet.org/cced_media/index.html

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):
Walden Climate Change Collaborative - The Walden Climate-Change Collaborative (WCCC) provides multi-disciplinary, climate-change education as a public service to the people of Massachusetts. WCCC brings UMass Lowell faculty and environmental activists together to advance climate literacy in the Region. Partnering with the Thoreau Society and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the WCCC will develop a virtual “classroom in the woods” that documents how climate change is affecting historic landscapes throughout New England. Utilizing a virtual classroom, the WCCC will stage climate-literacy workshops at state parks. http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/Walden_CCC_summary.pdf

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
UMass Lowell is actively engaged with the City of Lowell and the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) to deliver more efficient and user-friendly transportation options within the City of Lowell. The partnership focuses on coordinating public transportation efforts to maximize benefits to UMass Lowell and the LRTA due to increased transportation collaboration. The partnership also provides an economic benefit to the City of Lowell in terms of increased access to downtown business locations, as well as a benefit to the wider community in terms of greater access to destinations within the City.

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
NA

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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