Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

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

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) https://customer2597942ba.portal.membersuite.com/directory/SearchDirectory_Criteria.aspx

College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) http://curc3r.org/

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

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

State: UW System Sustainability: It is our desire as a system of university institutions, that our commitments and behaviors be ecologically sound, economically efficient, and socially responsible now, and for future generations to come. We see a sustainable future for our system where: students, faculty and staff develop a shared ethic of responsibility; our statewide commitment to the environment is honored; and sustainable principles, practices and values are infused into the culture of our institutions as they continue to change and grow.

Regional: The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) is a community of colleges and universities committed to sustainability on our campuses.

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

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

Dr. Holly Dolliver
"Soil Health" for Soil Society of America

Dr. Travis Tubre:
"Employee Health and Wellness: Where We Were and Where We Are" for the Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work

Dr. Greta Gaard:
2020 “Plague Narratives: COVID-19 and the Environmental Humanities.” Presentation for the International Conference series, “STREAMS: Transformative Environmental Humanities.” KTH Environmental Laboratory, Stockholm. 5 August. “Climate Science, Narratives, Affects.” Presentation for International Webinar, “Environment, Gender and Climate Change.” Shivaji College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. 28 July. “Interbeing of Breath, Air, Embodiment” and Concluding Panel Remarks. May 2-3. “Imagining the Post-Coronavirus World: An International Conference.” Organized by School of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences, AURO University, Surat, India. 2019 “(Un)Storied Air, Breath, Embodiment: Smog Cultural Studies.” Invited keynote for “Grounding Story,” the 7th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment, and Culture of Australia/New Zealand. University of New England, Armidale, Australia. February 13-15.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

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

Dr. Kevyn Juneau:
A Tropical Restoration Experience in Disruptive Learning Narrative Framework. Book Chapter. Bloomsbury Press.

Has the institution had employees or students 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):

Dr. Jill Coleman-Wasik, Dr. Kevyn Juneau, Dr. Veronica Justen, and Dr. Rita Kozak are members of the planning team for the St. Croix Summit.

Annually, the St. Croix Water Resources Planning Team (the Basin Team) and the St. Croix River Association present the St. Croix Summit, a conference dedicated to presenting information about the health of the St. Croix River and its watershed.

The Basin Team is an interstate, interagency partnership formed in 1993 to address water resource issues in the St. Croix Basin. It has developed water quality goals for the St. Croix and is working to implement water quality protection, outreach, and monitoring.

The SCRA’s mission is to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed. With an approach based on partnerships, SCRA is working to realize a vision for the St. Croix as a place where rivers run free and clean, a diverse habitat sustains our unique and diverse flora and fauna, people have access to our National Park and the park flourishes, towns throughout the basin thrive, and people celebrate the river.

Mark Klapatch also serves on the UMACS Steering Committee and the CURC Board of Directors.

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:

Through our ongoing collaborative relationship with other UW-System schools, there are frequent opportunities for mentoring relationships that allow information to flow both ways to help bolster programmatic weaknesses by receiving feedback from other campus programs with particular strengths.

For example, UW-River Falls has shared knowledge and resources with students at at UW-Steven's Point and UW-Eau Claire regarding a campus sustainability culture assessment. Methodology used in designing the assessment, process for administering the assessment, exact questions utilized, and an executive summary have been shared. Additionally, several of the campuses in the UW System have supported UW-River Falls by sharing their experiences and documents on green funds which has resulted in UW-River Falls Student Government Association creating a Green Fund that is currently pending approval by the Board of Regents.

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?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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