Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.86
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

Villanova University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
The Center for Environmental Transformation

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-focused

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:

CFET is located in the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden. They operate through collaboration with their neighbors, primarily by sponsoring projects like Eve’s Gardens and also engage in actions that address the environmental challenges they live with. They are also an agent of education and training for people in other neighborhoods that spend time learning about the work and meeting with community members.

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) is an environmental retreat center with an urban farm located in Camden, NJ that engages and educates people of all backgrounds to practice a more environmentally responsible way of living on the planet. During the week, the group will spend their days working on service projects at a variety of locations throughout the city. During the evenings, there will be a number of educational sessions which help participants contextualize their experience. Villanova students participate in CFET's retreat. Members of the Villanova community have also served on CFET's board, and funds are raised to support the center through the University's annual Hunger Homeless Awareness Week programing.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Bethlehem Farm

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):
No

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

Bethehem Farm works with the surrounding community with agricultural needs, advocacy, and home repairs. Bethlehem Farm is working to improve the housing conditions of Summers, Monroe, and Greenbrier County residents.

Located in central Appalachia, Bethlehem Farm is an intentional Catholic community that strives to transform lives through serving the local community and teaching sustainability. During the week at the Farm, the group works with the surrounding community, prays together, learns about and from the people of Appalachia, and experiences ways of practicing and living a sustainable life. The group may find themselves doing a variety of projects, from working alongside a family in repairing their home to practicing sustainability by working the farm and preparing the food it produces.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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