Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.23
Liaison Maria Dahmus
Submission Date June 21, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of St. Thomas
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Elise Amel
Faculty Fellow
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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):

AASHE: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (http://www.aashe.org)
EPIC-N: Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (http://www.epicn.org)

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):

UMACS: Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (http://umacs.org)

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

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

Amel, E.L., Dahmus, M.E., Greco, M., Kraus, T., Reisner, M., Vargo, J. (2017, September). University-City Collaboration toward Sustainable Systems. Symposium for the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, Pella, IA.
This conference brings together over 30 Midwestern institutions of higher education to share sustainability insights. St. Thomas collaborated with the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, Augustana College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a presentation about the EPIC-N model of university-city collaboration toward sustainability.

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):

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):

Elise Amel, faculty director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, served on the executive board of the EPIC-N. As a part of that role, she directed the EPIC-N assessment work during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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:

In the summer of 2017, BrightSide Produce, a social franchise focused on providing fresh produce to small food stores and facilitated by St. Thomas Professor Adam Kay, launched its second location in National City, CA in collaboration with San Diego State University.

Elise Amel has begun serving as a mentor through the AASHE Mentorship Program managed by Daita Serghi. Dr. Amel has had several initial telephone conversations with Sandra Goldmark of Barnard College.

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:

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:

1. St. Thomas jointly planned and hosted a panel of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) scientists from business, government and academia that discuss water-quality issues of local, national and global importance in Schulze Auditorium during the 2017 SETAC conference.

2. St. Thomas jointly planned with Faith, Food, and Environment, an initiative of Catholic Rural Life, and hosted a national conference, A Noble Vocation: Integrating Faith, Food and the Environment. The conference served as a platform for presentations and panel discussions on the themes presented in the Vocation of the Agricultural Leader, and as a center for discussion among the many types of people in attendance from all over the country who are interested in the topic.

3. St. Thomas staff participated in several meetings in 2018 facilitated by the Bicycle of Alliance of Minnesota to share information about best practices for bike infrastructure on university campuses. Other institutions represented at the meetings included Carleton College, Hamline University, Macalester College, and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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