Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.16
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Weber State University
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Jennifer Bodine
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

The Ogden Migratory Bird Program (OMBP) is a collaborative effort to conserve birds that live or migrate through the Ogden area by implementing community based educational, outreach and conservation projects. OMBP is especially interested in reaching underrepresented groups through educational programs in local schools and civic groups. Current and planned projects include mural and art displays, schoolyard habitats, Ogden River restoration, Ogden city bird counts and a variety of community-wide initiatives.

The Ogden Migratory Bird Program (OMBP) is funded by an Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded to the City of Ogden Utah and Weber State University. OUMBP works in partnership with the Wasatch Audubon Society, Ogden Nature Center, Weber State University, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Visit http://community.weber.edu/UrbanBirds/ for more information.

Ogden United Promise Neighborhood

The Ogden United Promise Neighborhood (OUPN) initiative came into being in 2009 under the name “Ogden United” as a grassroots effort championed by community leaders to address the increasingly-concentrated needs of residents in the central city. The “champions” leading the effort include United Way of Northern Utah, Ogden School District, Weber State University, and Ogden City.

Our moderately-sized community has a penchant for collaboration and volunteerism. Its key civic leaders are directly engaged in this initiative – including health providers and the business community – all of which make Ogden a great place to live, work, and play.

While our community is strong, the current system does not work for many of those in greatest need. Our vision is to ensure that all children and youth growing up in the neighborhood have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. Our goal is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth and to transform the community by doing the following:

Increasing the capacity of community-based organizations focused on children and youth;
Building a continuum of cradle-to-career educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center;
Integrating programs and increasing communication to most effectively address community needs;
Developing the local infrastructure to sustain and scale up proven solutions; and
Evaluating the overall impact of programs and strategies in the neighborhood to inform ongoing efforts.

More information can be found at: http://oupn.org/about-us/

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

Weber State University Science Outside Program

WSU has teamed up with Ogden City and Weber Pathways to provide the community with amazing opportunities to experience science in their own backyards. This group provides summer camps, puts on Science Saturdays, Science in the Parks, and Science Outside.

The members of this program are also working on providing new trail signage above campus, opportunities for interpretive hikes, and nature guides for community and school groups. Currently, the program has a set of backpacks equipped for your own scientific investigations. More information can be found at: http://webercsme.org/scienceoutside/

Ogden WSU Transit Study

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is partnering with Ogden City, Weber County, Weber State University, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) and McKay-Dee Hospital to study future transit alternatives between the Ogden Intermodal Center and Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital.

The transit study, known as the Ogden-Weber State University Transit Project Study, is an environmental assessment (EA) that will build on previously-collected data and focus on two recommended alternatives from the 2011 Ogden-Weber State University Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis. The current study is the next step in the transportation planning process that will evaluate and define an alignment and mode and develop a locally preferred alternative (LPA) that is competitive for funding.

More information can be found at: http://www.rideuta.com/mc/?page=Projects-OgdenWSUTransitStudy

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

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