Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.28
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Jan. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Notre Dame
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Geory Kurtzhals
Sr. Director
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):

AASHE, Big 10 and Friends, IVY League +, ACC Sports Sustainability Team, Green Sports Alliance

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):

South Bend/Michiana Green Ribbon Commission, Green Drinks, Indiana Higher Ed Sustainability Roundtable, Indiana Recycling Coalition

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):

Michiana Area Council of Governments, Partners for Clean Air April 2019, The University of Notre Dame Our Energy Future, AASHE 2018, AASHE 2019, AASHE 2020, NACUFS

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):

Fighting Irish Fighting Food Waste - AASHE 2019
Geothermal ND - DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition

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):

South Bend Green Ribbon Commission
AASHE Advisory Council
Indiana Recycling Board

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:

Members of the Notre Dame staff and faculty serve on the Advisory Board of the Indiana University South Bend (IUSB Office of Sustainability) Center for a Sustainable Future. This collaboration allows for learning opportunities that contribute to the growth of each particular campus as well as facilitate a strong sustainability-centered relationship within the City of South Bend. Ideas and best practices are shared as we continue to become more sustainable economically, and develop the necessary tools we each seek as we work to all do our part in taking care of our common home.

The Office of Sustainability project and communications coordinator participated in the fall 2020 AASHE Mentorship Program. Paired with the outreach and communications coordinator from Auburn University, the mentor relationship continues to take place, allowing for additional opportunities of growth, and the sharing of ideas and best practices of education and outreach for our campus community.

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 :

The University of Notre Dame co-hosts an annual sustainability course that engages students from other nearby campuses. Students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College enroll in the two-credit interdisciplinary class, which rotates weekly among the campuses. The class grew out of a series of discussions among faculty about how they could collaborate to promote sustainable education and is always co-taught by faculty representing each of the involved universities. Office of Sustainability Staff are also involved and lead a tour of Notre Dame's operational sustainability initiatives. (Note: The following article is from the first year of this course, but the course has continued annually as of 2021).

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.