Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.03
Liaison Caroline Bruno
Submission Date May 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Williams College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Caroline Bruno
Sustainability Coordinator
Zilkha Center
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE, International Living Futures Institute


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Northeast Campus sustainability Consortium (NECSC)


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

“Creating information and action from building data”. Living Future Unconference, May 2017
“What is that green stuff? Lessons from operating a rainwater collection and treatment system”. Living Future Unconference, May 2017
“Green gauges: a design methodology at Williams College”, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), March 2018
“Higher education campuses: beyond the building scale”. Living Future Unconference, May 2018
“Collaborative purchase of New England solar”. Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC). May 2018
“From Living Building to Living Campus and back.” Net Positive Symposium, June 2018.
“Building relationships between sustainability offices and diversity offices”. AASHE, October 2018
“So you’ve got energy meters: now what?” AASHE, October 2018
“New England college renewable energy partnership: beyond the headlines to the weeds”. AASHE, October 2018
“The leading edge of Passive House: Massachusetts at an inflection point”. Passive House MA symposium. November 2018.
“Sustainability initiatives at college campuses: a roadmap for success.” Goodwin & Proctor higher education summit. November 2018.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
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Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
No

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
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Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Williams participated in a joint utility scale solar facility - in the planning and purchasing - with four other peer institutions (Amherst, Bowdoin, Hampshire, Smith). The power should be online by 2020, but the process has been underway for the past couple of years.

Building off of these relationships, a Williams student participated in a collaborative internship with Smith and Amherst. Each school's intern worked together to assess climate change solutions as defined in the book Drawdown and applied them to small liberal arts colleges in New England

Winter Blitz, an annual volunteer home weatherization program, is a collaboration between Williams, Bennington College, and MCLA.


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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