|Overall Rating||Bronze - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 16, 2016|
Western Colorado University
EN-9: Community Partnerships
|3.00 / 3.00||
Professor & Chair of the Sustainability Action Committee
Recreation & Outdoor Education
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:
Coldharbour Institute, the mission of which is: To foster resilient living practices through education, research, and the implementation of social, environmental, and economic solutions. Graduate and graduate students visit the property, have taught for the summer nature camp, and do practical semester projects focused on the organizations (e.g., create curriculum and interpretive materials, organizing a Master Planning event)
The mission of Mountain Roots Food Project is to cultivate a resilient food system in the Gunnison Valley by enhancing healthy connections between food, earth, and community. We foster knowledge, teach skills, and provide opportunities that ensure access to affordable, nutritious food that is regionally based and sustainably produced. Western students work for Mountain Roots and there is a Garden Coordinator position that is a partnership between Western and Mountain Roots
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):
Coldharbour Institute, a local non-profit, and the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) program share a position - 2/3 Executive Director and 1/3 MEM professor.
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:
The ICE Project is a growing organization of diverse partners, with a Western professor driving the project and the University supporting his efforts: http://www.westerniceproject.org/
A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
EXAMPLES: Western currently has formal partnerships with Peace Corps and America VITSA.
The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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