Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Elise Amel
Faculty Director
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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):

AASHE: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (http://www.aashe.org)
Second Nature Climate Leadership Network (https://secondnature.org/climate-action-guidance/network/)
EPIC-N: Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (http://www.epicn.org)
Global Catholic Climate Movement (https://catholicclimatemovement.global)


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):

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


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):

Dahmus, Maria. (2019, September). SCP Arts: A Collaborative, Arts-based Applied Learning Partnership Model for Creative Community Engagement. Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, Northfield, MN

Dahmus Maria, and Kelly Morrell. (2019, November). Impactful Transit Agency and University Collaborations Webinar. West Region Transportation Workforce Center Webinar. http://wrtwc.org/news/2019/webinar-impactful-transit-agency-and-university-collaborations/

Dahmus, Maria. (2020, April). Adapting the EPIC-N Model to Institutional Context. EPIC-N Webinar, online conference.

Dahmus, Maria. (2020, September). SCP Arts: A Collaborative, Arts-based Applied Learning Partnership Model for Creative Community Engagement. AASHE Conference & Expo, on-line.

Nadav, A. & Amel, E.L. (2020, September). Creating Organizational Culture Change in Higher Education. AASHE Conference & Expo, on-line.

Amel, E.L., Dahmus, M.E., Reichman, A., & Russel, S. (2020, April). Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC): Creating Future Experts while Contributing to Sustainable Systems. ASHOKA Exchange, Minneapolis, MN.

Amel, E.L., & Otero, K. (2020, April). Empowering Changemaking Through Organizational Culture Change in Higher Education. ASHOKA Exchange, Minneapolis, MN.

Amel, E.L., & Nadav, A. (2019, September). Creating Organizational Culture Change in Higher Education. Presentation for the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, Northfield, MN.

Amel, E.L., & Manning, C.M. (2019, August). Higher Education For The Long Haul: Achieving University Sustainability Using Psychological Tools. Symposium presentation for the 124th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.


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):

St. Thomas' Sustainable Communities Partnership program earned the 2020 Outstanding Program of the Year Award from the Educational Partnerships for Innovations in Communities Network (EPIC-N).

“The purpose of this award is to honor programs that have successfully demonstrated a mutually beneficial and invested partnership between higher education and local governments. Award winners promote cooperation among education, community, government, and business leaders. They work on critical community issues and increase public awareness and support for higher education and local government partnerships.”

https://www.epicn.org/2020/07/07/university-of-st-thomas-2020-outstanding-program-award-finalist/


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):
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:
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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 :

Office of Sustainability Initiatives faculty & staff actively participate in Minnesota Sustainability Connections meetings. This informal network brings together sustainability representatives from college and univerisities across the state of Minnesota approximately once per month to network and share best practices.

Off-Campus Student Life (OCSL) and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at St. Thomas partnered with a "Psychology of Sustainable Behavior" class at Macalester College during fall 2019 semester to set up a composting pilot in the OCSL lounge, which is frequented primarily by commuter students. A GreenCorps member hosted by St. Thomas worked with Macalester students to conduct waste sorts and created resources to encourage St. Thomas students to compost and inform them about what materials belong the compost bin.

St. Thomas staff participated in annual meetings 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 have included Carleton College, Hamline University, Macalester College, and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


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