Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.01
Liaison Paul Mathisen
Submission Date May 23, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Liz Tomaszewski
Facilities Systems Manager/Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Department
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Global Projects Program

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:

Students undertake deeply rewarding project work focused on community development in poverty-stricken areas. Projects are completed with local partners on themes such as sustainable water and sanitation, energy, early childhood development, micro-business, and urban planning.
https://www.wpi.edu/academics/undergraduate/project-based-learning/global-project-program


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Global Projects Program - Costa Rica Project Center

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):
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 (2nd partnership):

At this project center, students are immersed in a Central American culture in which democracy, economic development, and concern for the environment are a permanent part of the landscape. Students help preserve and enhance these values by working on projects centered on such issues as environmental and marine conservation, sustainable development, and community development.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Global Projects Center - Rabat Morocco

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd 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? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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 (3rd partnership):

Rabat is the grand capital of Morocco, a North African country striving to preserve its traditions such as crafts in rug weaving, wood carving, and mosaic art, while seeking to modernize and improve the socio-economic welfare of its citizens. Students take an intensive course on the Arabic language before delving into projects promoting important measures such as water conservation, alternative agriculture, eco-tourism, restoration of historic ruins, and financial support for orphans.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

WPI has a total of 40+ project centers worldwide where it collaborates with NGOs to develop long-term ongoing programs to improve the environment, society, and the economy. Also, WPI participates in the Worcester Sustainability Leaders Forum, a group of sustainability leaders from colleges, universities, and the municipality, to work together to share issues, opportunities, successes and weaknesses.


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