|Submission Date||April 23, 2015|
Weber State University
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration
Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:
A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:
In Utah we have an Intercampus Sustainability Consortium that meets 1-2 times annually to share ideas and best practices. Staff, students, and faculty of all colleges and universities in the State are invited to attend. At our last meeting in March, 2014, we discussed ways that we could collaborate more on competitive events such as RecycleMania, Game Day Challenge, and Campus Conservation Nationals. We discussed the idea of hiring a Utah Higher Education Sustainability Coordinator to help coordinate our efforts and then we shared successes/challenges with the various sustainability projects we are working on. Sometimes formal presentations are made and oftentimes the meeting is a more informal and collegial discussion about what efforts have worked and failed.
In addition to the formal annual meetings we contact one another for ideas and suggestions throughout the year. For example, we have been speaking with sustainability staff at the University of Utah frequently to discuss how they successfully set up their farmer's market because WSU is planning to start a market this fall. Students at WSU have also been in contact with other students at Utah State University and University of Utah to talk about how to launch a fossil fuel divestment campaign on campus. And many of the State's institutions contact our office regarding our energy efficiency projects.
The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:
In addition to the Utah Intercampus Sustainability Consortium, WSU is a member of the Utah Chapter of the Association Energy Engineers. The Utah AEE meets monthly to tour energy efficient facilities, visit new renewable energy projects, and share best practices. Information about the AEE and its regional chapters can be found at: http://www.aeecenter.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3315
A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :
Over the past few years WSU has hosted an Intermountain Sustainability Summit open to colleges/universities, non-profits, and businesses primarily in the Intermountain region. Please see: http://departments.weber.edu/ce/conferences/IRSS/
The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available: