Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Western Kentucky University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 David Oliver
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Health and Safety
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Safe Community

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

On July 30, 2014, Western Kentucky University became accredited by the National Safety Council as a Safe Community. WKU is the fourth university, and 25th community to receive this accreditation. Safe Communities America is a program of the National Safety Council and is associated with an accreditation in which any community can receive if certain criteria are met. This program is an approach that is proven to reduce injuries within a community through the use of community coalition members.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

While it is too early to report measurable outcomes, the Safe Community accreditation does offer expected outcomes through the following criteria:
Shares a geographical are (such as a municipality, campus, district, county, or region)
Works together in a coordinated and collaborative way
Promotes safety and health to prevent injury of its residents
Uses community data to prioritize safety and health areas in greatest need of attention
Is committed to the process of continuous improvement
Saves lives and prevents injuries


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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