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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Cleveland 2030 District

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 supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

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:

CSU has partnered with the Cleveland 2030 District to support the goal of creating high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland with the goal of dramatically reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations.

http://www.2030districts.org/cleveland/partners

The Cleveland 2030 District partnered with Cleveland State University to provide ASHRAE Level 2 energy audits to participating buildings. CSU, in collaboration with the University of Dayton received a grant from the Ohio Lean Building Program to give students a real hands on experience in performing energy audits. The students created a professional audit report including recommendations, cost savings and simple payback calculations after a site visit to participating buildings.

https://www.csuohio.edu/news/ohio-lean-buildings-program-seeks-make-region-greener

Cleveland State University is an Affiliate Sponsor of the Cleveland 2030 District
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http://www.2030districts.org/cleveland/supporters


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Sustainable Cleveland 2019

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):

Sustainable Cleveland is a 10-year initiative that engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all. People from every walk of life will work together to shape vibrant livable communities, innovative businesses, and a flourishing natural environment that will result in health, wealth, creativity, and economic opportunities for all.

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is guided by the Sustainable Cleveland Stewardship Council which includes two members of the CSU community, Byron P. White, Ed.D., Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer; and Julian Rogers, Director of Community Partnerships.

http://www.sustainablecleveland.org/sustainable_cleveland


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Campus District Inc.

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):

The Campus District is home to three anchor institutions: Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

As an anchor member, CSU pays a minimum $25,000 annually to Campus District to achieve its mission.

Campus District Inc. and CSU advance sustainability through their efforts to elevate the district into a dynamic downtown Cleveland neighborhood where private sector investments are matched by public infrastructure improvements, schools provide high quality education, residents and visitors enjoy ample amenities, businesses and residents are attracted and retained, and the concepts of sustainability are implemented in the community.

Campus District sustainability initiatives include a successful grant application to improve a bridge that connects CSU to another neighborhood. Improvements to the bridge included energy-efficient LED lighting, as well as sidewalk branding and student art. This renovation will create a stronger connection between the two neighborhoods and enhanced security.

CSU and Campus District also worked to obtain funds for the improvement of East 22nd Street. The $4.3 million dollar project revitalized a one-mile corridor between Orange and Euclid Avenues with new pavement, curb, drainage, sidewalk work, median improvements and new traffic signals. Upgrades also included new streetscape elements such as signage, benches, brick pavers, bike racks, trash receptacles, trees and shrubs.

Other partnerships included a study of east-west connectivity for improved bicycle and pedestrian travel and a local hiring program that allows CSU to give preference to those who live in the public housing that is in the same neighborhood as CSU.
The three anchor institutions will work alongside Campus District, Inc. and CMHA’s highly successful Jobs-Plus Program, which offers on-site job training and placement services along with rent incentives, to connect residents to entry-level jobs.


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

The Sustainable Business Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business offers current and future business leaders a multidisciplinary approach to learning and implementing sustainability initiatives. Real and immediate value is added through connections to cutting-edge research, graduate students and other opportunities for Northeast Ohio businesses to initiate service-learning projects with business students. This connection to research, teaching, learning, and business outreach delivers multiple benefits to businesses, faculty and students.

The Center is committed to working with businesses to address real-world sustainability challenges. A peer-learning network of like-minded individuals, the Corporate Roundtable is a sharing mechanism for sustainability initiatives that sparks conversation for local businesses, non-profits, government and civic organizations and others.

The Centers community and business partners include:

Nash Daniels Advisors, LLC
Conscious Capitalism NEO Chapter
GL Biomimicry
COSE
Delta Institute
MAGNET
River's Edge
Cleveland Engineering Society
Cleveland Water Alliance
NEO USGBC
Sustainable Cleveland 2019
Cleveland 2030 District
GAINS
Cleveland State University Faculty and Students

http://www.csuohio.edu/business/sustainability/sustainability


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