Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Whitman College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Elissa Brown
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant Services
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
$mart Business Partners

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
No

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

Whitman College participates in the Sustainable Living Center's $mart Business Partner program, which has over 50 local partners. The $mart Business Partner Program is a free advisory service that: provides a guide and assistance in setting and achieving goals to reduce energy, water, waste, and purchasing costs; offers on-site visits and tools to achieve goals; publicly recognizes businesses for their efforts to become sustainable by setting environmental goals; awards decals to $mart Business Partners so that local consumers can shop green. Whitman College won the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Large Business Award in 2017.

https://www.slcww.org/smart-business-partners


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Memorandum of Understanding with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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):
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

Whitman College and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on May 19, 2017. The document constitutes a formal commitment to collaborate on the development of curricula focused on Native American studies while strengthening Native American recruitment and retention at Whitman. It also provides a framework to identify areas of shared research interests and facilitate the transition of CTUIR students into institutions of higher learning.

https://www.whitman.edu/newsroom/ctuir-memorandum
https://www.whitman.edu/provost/initiatives-and-planning/collaboration-with-the-confederated-tribes-of-the-umatilla-indian-reservation-(ctuir)
https://www.whitman.edu/documents/Offices/Provost/CTUIR%20MOA%202017.pdf


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? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

The Whitman Community Fellow Initiative funds a cohort of juniors and seniors to spend an academic year working part-time at a prominent Walla Walla Valley organization to address some of the area’s social, economic and cultural challenges. Community Fellows meet successful, high-level leaders in Walla Walla and receive professional mentoring, targeted career development guidance, and broad exposure to local organizations in addition to the one where they work. Community Fellows also learn about important issues in southeastern Washington.

2019-2020 partner organizations are: Blue Mountain Land Trust, Central Washington Justice for Our Neighbors, Blue Mountain Action Council, Sustainable Living Center, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, United Way of the Blue Mountains, Mercy Corps Northwest, Walla Walla Symphony, Walla Walla County Department of Court Services/Juvenile Justice Center, Pioneer United Methodist Church, Blue Mountain Humane Society, and YWCA Walla Walla.

https://www.whitman.edu/after-whitman/student-engagement-center/career-development/internships/community-fellow-program


Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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