Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.16
Liaison Susan Caplow
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Montevallo
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Susan Caplow
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Behavioral and Social Sciences
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
ValloCycle

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?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:
Formed through a collaborative partnership between the City and University of Montevallo, the ValloCycle Program exists as a city wide initiative to enhance overall community walkability and individual citizen engagement with a lifestyle of sustainable, alternative transportation. The ValloCycle Program's primary means of achieving these goals is through its day-to-day operation of the ValloCycle Bike-Share Program, the first county-wide bicycle sharing program in the state of Alabama to offer low-cost bicycle rentals to all the members of its community.

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Mural Camp/Environmental Education Camp/GEAR UP Camps

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):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
For many years, an Art Professor at UM has offered a class in "Community Art" where students at the University collaborate with local K-12 students who are enrolled in a mural camp to design and create a mural in a public space that has a sustainability-related theme. We also now have an environmental education camp where students learn about sustainability and the environment through activities led by UM faculty, staff, and students at a variety of university sites (including the Ebenezer Swamp, the Shepherd Observatory, the university lake, and the community organic garden), campers learn about the natural world and explore ways to sustain the environment, preserve resources, and promote a higher quality of life. Students are from low-income communities in Alabama, scholarships are available through a local grant agency (CAWACO). We also have done a sustainable cities unit for a GEAR UP Camp that visits with Montevallo every summer.

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
UM Organic Community Garden

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? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Since 2011, the UM Organic Community Garden has grown food to donate to Shelby Emergency Assistance, so local families can have organic, fresh produce. We have recently also started a U-Pick option so that families can visit the garden, pick their own food, and learn about how to grow their own food.

A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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