Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Suchi Daniels
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of South Florida (Tampa)
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jason Richardson
Research Associate
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

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

Member of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. It seeks to be a bridge that spans the divide between science, its applications, and policy.

NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration between the diverse institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge to make science useful to policies and decisions on critical environmental issues.

We engage scientists, educators, policy-makers, environmental managers, government agencies, conservationists, and business leaders. While an advocate for science and its use, NCSE does not take positions on environmental issues. With a reputation for objectivity and non-partisanship, we are able to provide a neutral forum for all. NCSE assists communities in jointly finding acceptable solutions to complex environmental challenges by using expert facilitation, problem solving processes, and fostering joint implementation.

All sciences and technical areas relevant to decisions are recognized as important, including physical, biological, and social sciences, as well as engineering. Research, scientific synthesis and assessment, tools that support decision-making, formal and informal education, communication, are all respected and utilized.

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Member of the HCC Community Sustainability Council
Mission: To transform Hillsborough Community College into a participating sustainable member of society. Through a partnership among students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members, we seek to establish and nurture an institutional culture of sustainability.

Core Value: HCC has designated sustainability as a core value of the College: "HCC values the sustainability use of its environmental, social, and operational resources including the integration of sustainable concepts in the curriculum and its service to the community"

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

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Presented Honors Flipped Class: IDH 3350-003: Water and Society for Sustainable Development, as a sustainable solution to engaging students in STEM development through active service learning in the "suitcase city" area of Tampa Florida at the 2015 NSCE annual conference in Washington DC.

Presented Rainwater Capture Research Program as a Sutainable solution for the refuges in Haiti at the 2013 Annual Beyond Sustainability Conference in Ybor City:

Presented Biodigestion: food waste to fuel and fertilizer research in 'Tamera'/portugal, pennsylvania, new york and germany:

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Attached is the Food Conference Program2015 where several students received awards as the best presenters:


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty 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):

HCC's Beyond Sustainability Showcase 2013, 2014, 2015 (Planning committee)
International Ecotourism Society 2015 (Planning, Food, Travel, and Event Committees)

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:

Provided the Beyond Sustainability II Social Entrepreneurship COURSE:

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Assisted the USF sister institution in St Petersburg, Florida.

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

EcoFest 2014, 2015, 2016 was a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy.

Our 8th Annual EcoFest will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at the Lowry Park bandshell area – 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33604 . The event will be open to the public from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM . Admission to the event is free .

There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services including ECO-Speak Patel Center Lectures and trainings. Some local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance. All vendors must supply their own tables, chairs and tents. In addition, we encourage you to become an EcoFest 2017 sponsor to highlight your green brand within the community.

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