Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Emerson Andrews
Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund Manager
Sustainability Office
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
University Neighborhood Partners

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:

Created in 2001, University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) is the result of an explicit move by the University of Utah’s highest administration—the Office of the President—toward greater civic engagement in the community it serves. With the goal of overcoming the symbolic wall between well-to-do east Salt Lake, where the University is located, and low-income, mostly minority west Salt Lake, UNP is located in a residential house in the Glendale neighborhood, bordering Jordan Park and the Jordan River. The UNP Hartland Partnership Center is a comprehensive capacity-building project that brings together more than 30 university departments and 20 local non-profit organizations in campus community partnership activities to offer resources such as English language instruction, mental health support, citizenship classes, employment workshops, afterschool and summer programs, and educational resources to the community. UNP partnerships build individual and organizational capacity to implement culturally responsive approaches to education and well-being. Partnerships may target housing, employment, health, environment, language acquisition, food, or art
A full list of community partners is in Community Voices (UNP Annual Report).
URL: https://partners.utah.edu

Most programs under the UNP umbrella focus on social issues. A few programs also include an element of environmental health, as follows:

Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families
HC4YF is a college readiness program for Salt Lake County’s at-risk and underserved youth. A focus of the program is environmental stewardship and outdoor adventure with activities focused on Jordan River restoration and connecting youth to nature.
https://www.hc4yf.org/environmental-stewardship.html

Westside Studio (Dept. of City and Metropolitan Planning)
Each year the Studio selects projects related to community development, urban design, economic development, green infrastructure, and/or arts & culture, giving students a chance to work directly with community partners.
http://plan.cap.utah.edu/westside-studio-archives/

A number of Community Partner organizations have an explicit environmental/sustainability focus, providing further opportunities for engagement with sustainability:
--Green Urban Lunchbox
--Jordan River Community Initiative
--SLC Green
--Salt Lake Community Action, Real Food Rising
--Sustainable Startups
--Tracy Aviary


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Utah Climate Action Network

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-focused

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 Utah Climate Action Network is a partnership between government, research institutions, non-profits/foundations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and individuals working to address climate change in Utah. The initial focus of the Network is to drive action, understanding and collaboration through public engagement, leadership and policies, and enhanced system-level response. The University provides staff and faculty support to UCAN efforts, particularly in the Path to Positive program.
URL: http://www.utahclimateactionnetwork.com/


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