Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.52
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Washington University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 David Davidson
david.davidson@wwu.edu
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Sustainable Cities Partnership

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):
No

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:

Western sponsors this ongoing program, which recruits a single partner city each academic year and then tackles several of the city's sustainability-related projects by way of project-based instruction in regular courses. The program URL is wwu.edu/scp.

WWU provides material support in the form of a Program Coordinator, coupled with ancillary infrastructure (office, phone), as well as financial support in the form of time commitments by faculty and staff members who serve as co-chairs for the program. The Program Coordinator is a permanent position, and the program recruits a new partner city every year.

Examples of projects are evidence of the manner in which all three dimensions are supported. E.g., recreation program designs targeted at under-served and at-risk populations help promote social equity; strategies for restoration of a rare saltwater marsh promote ecological health; a campaign to enliven a fledgling ""arts corridor"" promotes economic prosperity. Those are three examples of projects undertaken in AY '16 - '17."


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Environmental Education at the North Cascades Institute

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

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):

Western Washington University’s Masters of Environmental Education program is housed at North Cascades Institute in North Cascades National Park. Students in the program teach Mountain School, a multi-day program for elementary school students from the region. Many schools have significant low-income and minority populations. This 2-year program is a multi-year, ongoing part of Huxley College of Environment Graduate Studies. Western provides material support in the form of lodging and transportation, as well as financial support in the form of scholarships for the students.

The Masters of Environmental Education program's website is http://ncascades.org/study

Mountain School's website is http://ncascades.org/signup/youth/mountain-school


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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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