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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.57
Liaison Yaffa Grossman
Submission Date March 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Beloit College
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Lindsay Chapman
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

The College's Sustainability Fellows Program partners student researchers with a non-profit named Community Action. Student researchers support Community Action's neighborhood gardening initiative by working the garden during the summer months and providing hands-on activities for neighborhood children.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

The Office of Sustainability, our campus dining services provider, and a local non-profit food pantry have partnered together to bring healthy leftovers from the college's main cafeteria to the non-profit, who provides them to people struggling with food access and hunger. This partnership is called the Food Recovery Network, and is a national, student-led campaign to share food resources in communities.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

A number of the community partners in the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnership and the Sustainability Fellows program are multi-year partnerships, engaging students, faculty and community partners in sustainable initiatives at many levels, including environmental, economic and social. Examples of the partnerships include Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Welty Environmental Center. At both of these example sites, students have worked on a variety of sustainable projects. Most recently a student created an assessment rubric for Angelic Organics as a tool to determine if they were meeting the goals outlined in their mission statement. At Welty Environmental Center, Beloit students designed curriculum for summer camp field trips that met the educational needs of special education students.


A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

Professor Toral's course, Global Political Ecology, has an ongoing partnership with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW). The FBWW are opposing two mining projects on the southern edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. They asked Beloit students to put together a report on the economics and politics of mining, with a focus on four metals, copper, nickel, platinum and palladium, and a brochure for use at community events to inform people about the mining industry. The class was able to travel to Minneapolis (+5 hours away) to present the report. The students felt very empowered that a professional organization is planning to use their work to protect such a rich and sensitive environment as the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area. In addition, this experience persuaded the FBWW to invite our students to pursue an internship with their organization over the summer.


The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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