Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.54
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Community Engagement Center

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

Since 2007, the Community Engagement Center (CEC), through the Division of Diversity Community Engagement (DDCE) has worked to fulfill the tenants listed below through building a more positive relationship between the university and under-served communities in Austin.

With the launch of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, the university is building on its foundation of engagement in new ways.
DDCE has been charged with:

-ensuring the university is responsive to and positively impacts the surrounding community,
-ensuring that community engagement remains central to the University’s core academic mission, and
-serving as a catalyst to create new opportunities for expanded and more coordinated ties between the university and the community

The CEC is the home base for many community partnerships. Several other community organizations also have office space in the CEC.

http://diversity.utexas.edu/communitycenter/about/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
The Regional Foundation Library

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

The Regional Foundation Library provides comprehensive education and resources to all individuals and organizations involved in grant-making, grant-seeking and funding development.

Opening in 1962, the center has a long history as the fifth-oldest Foundation Center Funding Information Network partner. The TGRC began as a dream of Dr. Robert L. Sutherland, the first President of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, a grantmaking and operating foundation that is an administrative unit of The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sutherland recognized the critical importance of providing information and facilitating open communication between tax-exempt entities seeking funds and the growing number of grantmakers, especially those in Texas.

In 2007, the Hogg Foundation and TGRC became part of the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) with the TGRC becoming a separate unit within DDCE. It is now housed in the DDCE’s Community Engagement Center. Its patrons include representatives of nonprofit programs and services, educational entities, charitable organizations, faith-based programs and services, governmental entities, as well as individuals.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
West Campus Move Out/Move Out ATX

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

MoveOutATX is a program coordinated by Austin Resource Recovery, University of Texas' Office of Sustainability, Keep Austin Beautiful, and the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling to help students donate instead of dump their unwanted goods.

Property managers lend parking and sidewalks space for reuse organizations to set-up temporary donation stations around the campus area, and students can drop-off a variety of items right outside their apartments. Currently, community volunteers help reuse organizations accept items including: gently-used furniture, opened cleaning supplies and toiletries, clothing and linens (gently-used or extra-loved), craft/school supplies, unopened food, electronics (working or broken), storage tubs and more. All donations go to local reuse organizations; this years’ participating organizations include: Austin Creative Reuse, Central Texas Food Bank, Goodwill Central Texas, Salvation Army Family Stores, Street Youth Ministry, Arms of Hope, JOSCO Products, The JunkLuggers, and Uptown Cheapskate.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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