Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Virginia Tech
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Karlee Siepierski
Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

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

From AASHE.org: "AASHE is the leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. We serve a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students who are change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. Established in 2005, AASHE is comprised of over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries"

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

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

VASHE Professional Network: Virginia Sustainability in Higher Education

The VASHE Professional Network (Virginia Sustainability in Higher Education) is a network of sustainability professionals working in institutions of higher education across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Participants communicate via an email listserv, quarterly conference calls and an annual in-person day-long meeting.

Mission: VASHE seeks to provide professionals with opportunities to network, share best practices, resources and lessons learned, and collaborate across a wide range of sustainability initiatives in higher education.

Membership: By group consensus, the listserv is open to individuals who are full-or part-time sustainability employees at an institution of higher education in Virginia. To request to join, please go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vashe_consortium.

Network Coordination: Two volunteer positions are filled by group consensus to manage the listserv, facilitate quarterly calls, serve as a liaison to the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and coordinate the annual network meeting.

Nina Morris, Chair (2017-2019)
University of Virginia
Sustainability Program Manager, Outreach and Engagement

Sam Stoner, Co-Chair (2017-2019)
Mary Baldwin University
Sustainability Coordinator

Members from the following institutions have participated in the network: See the following website for more information. https://sites.google.com/site/vasheconsortium/

SCSN: Southeast Campus Sustainability Network
The Southeast Campus Sustainability Network (SCSN) is a network for the primary sustainability "coordinators" from colleges and universities in the South/Southeastern U.S. from Maryland to Texas. The group operates under a democratic, shared governance model and holds a monthly conference call to collaborate and share best practices. The annual regional gathering (held since 2013) is an opportunity to meet in person to advance sustainability leadership in the southeast via facilitated discussions, best practice sharing, collaboration, and networking.

By group consensus, registration for the annual meeting is limited to the full-time campus employee ("Director"/"Coordinator"/"Manager" - not restricted by title) tasked with primary oversight of sustainability operations at any 4-year higher education institution in the Southeastern US.

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

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

AASHE Conference 2016: Graduate Assistant Katy Shepard presented on marketing for sustainability

AASHE Conference 2016: Campus Sustainability Planner Emily Schosid presented on panel about EcoRep & Intern Programming

Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference (SSCC) 2016—Emily Schosid presented on RiVAlry Cup with Dana Schroeder from UVa

SSCC 2016: Katy Shepard presented on marketing for sustainability

AASHE Conference 2015: Emily Schosid presented poster on Internship Programs

SSCC 2015: Emily Schosid presents on VT/UVA partnership with Nina Morris from UVA

Environment VA Symposium 2015: Emily Schosid presented on VT/UVA partnership with Nina Morris from UVA


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

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

AASHE Awards 2016: Sustainability Program Manager Denny Cochrane submitted a case study on the Green RFP Program


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty 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):

Sustainability Program Manager Denny Cochrane served as a judge for the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Committee in 2016.


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:

Virginia Tech partnered with the University of Virginia to plan a RiVAlry Cup event in the spring of 2016 that consisted of many different events, contests, learning sessions, and resource sharing.

Virginia Tech has partnered with Radford University to exchange ideas and develop curriculum with the Office of Sustainability for our student sustainability internship programs. Both schools meet often to discuss projects, curriculum, partnerships, and professional development opportunities.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

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

VASHE Meetups at Conferences (specifically Environment Virginia Symposium)
Quarterly VASHE conference calls
RiVAlry Cup
SCSN Network Meeting June 2016

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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