Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Brian Gogan
Professor
English
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

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’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum - The mission of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is to promote business practices which demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.

Guiding Principles
The Guiding Principles of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum are to fulfill its mission as stewards in our community.

The SWMSBF and member organizations will endeavor to:

- Promote sustainability as business practices that encompass the environment, economy and social responsibility.
- Strive to surpass conformance to environmental regulations using compliance as the minimum standard.
- Follow the waste hierarchy of eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, incinerate, and landfill.
- Develop awareness programs and practices, and implement technologies that safeguard and preserve the environment.
- Identify the environmental impacts of facilities and materials used in our products, processes and services in order to minimize environmental impact.
- Encourage environmental organizations, businesses and governmental agencies to cooperate on common issues.
- Create opportunities to expand the Forum's concept into a national network of sustainable business forums.

WMU is a dues paying member of the organization. Members cross promote events and hold regular gatherings (approximately quarterly) covering an array of sustainability topics. The Forum also hosts informal, monthly "Green Drinks", an organic, self-organizing network, with the intent of creating an ongoing community dialogue about local sustainability issues.

https://swmsbf.org/
http://www.kzoogreendrinks.org/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):
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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’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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