Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.90
Liaison Sarah Stoeckl
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Steve Mital
Office of Sustainability Director
Finance & Administration
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

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

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference Oregon Sustainability Professionals Network

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

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2018, 2019, 2020 The University of Oregon has served as a co-sponsor and organizer for the WOHESC conference since its inception in 2018. Each year, UO faculty, staff, and students make multiple presentations at the conference. This year, the University of Oregon is hosting the WOHESC conference on campus in Eugene, Oregon March 3-4, 2020. Numerous presentations will be made by University of Oregon faculty, staff, and students. A complete program is available here: http://wohesc.org/program/ In 2018 (Pittsburgh) and 2019 (Spokane), UO Sustainability staff also presented at the annual AASHE conference

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

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
The University of Oregon Sustainability City Year Program has submitted a case study about the program's work with TriMet to the West Region Transportation Workforce Center. The case study is available here: http://wrtwc.org/success-stories/2019/university-of-oregon-and-trimet-partner-to-enhance-light-rail-expansion-through-student-input/

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

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
University of Oregon Office of Sustainability Program Manager Sarah Stoeckl serves on the AASHE advisory committee. In addition, the University of Oregon Office of Sustainability has served as a key organizer of the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference each year since 2018, and before that as a key organizer for the annual Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference. This year, the University of Oregon is serving as the local host and co-sponsor for the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference, scheduled for March 2-4, 2020.

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?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
The Oregon Sustainability Professionals network includes sustainability professionals from public, private, and community colleges and universities across Oregon. OPSN shares best practices, successes, and failures in a peer learning network made up of sustainability professionals from each of the participating institutions. OPSN holds at least one in person meeting/workshop/event/ per year. Members also use an email listserve to ask questions, share feedback, and provide support. The OPSN represents Oregon at the annual Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The University of Oregon participates in OPSN through the annual meeting and the listserve, which generates hundreds of emails per year. The OPSN is very important to help smaller schools keep programs alive and up and running, and the University of Oregon provides mentoring on a regular basis through OPSN. For example, Linn Benton Community College asked for assistance making the case for sustainability program. UO Sustainability Director Steve Mital made a presentation to leadership at the college at the request of staff. Similarly, Steve Mital made a presentation in 2018 at Reed College in Portland as part of an effort to demonstrate the importance of the college's sustainability program.

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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is leading efforts supporting collaborative, inter-campus collaboration on research related to resiliency and sustainability: https://research.uoregon.edu/apply/apply-internal-funding/resilience-initiative-funding The Office of Sustainability leads a sustainability focused reading group, made up of staff from units across campus, as well as some students and faculty. The Office of Sustainability, the Student Sustainability Center, and Environmental Studies sponsor quarterly "Sustainability Open Houses" that showcase work from faculty, staff, and student; build community through casual networking and conversation; and increases collaboration through funding for faculty-staff projects. https://cpfm.uoregon.edu/sustainability-open-houses

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