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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 Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:

Colgate's Director of Sustainability is on the advisory board of the highly successful Solarize Madison County Project that has already led to the installation of nearly 30 solar panels in our county. Phase II of the project is underway and we are anticipating more success. Our podcast can be listened to here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOy3rKgYMQg&list=PL6RZbZFxvmUWW0elmqWnWo85vduqpMQuP&index=10. The Solarize Madison website is http://www.solarizemadison.com/.


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):

Colgate's Sustainability Office is working closely with the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board and the Madison County Planning Department to measure greenhouse gas emissions and develop a region-wide sustainability and climate action plan. Colgate's Director of Sustainability sits on the Expert Advisory Panel. The planning process can be followed through our website at http://visioncny.org/.

Colgate's Sustainability Office and Upstate Institute also collaborates with the Town and Village of Hamilton to measure their greenhouse gas emissions and develop and implement climate action plans.


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:

Colgate's Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) has several programs that support sustainability in our region. The Green Earth Gang (GEG), for example, is a group of student educators who develop and teach environmental programs to children ages 8-10 in local schools through experiential and interactive activities. Once every two weeks the GEG student members teach a 40-minute class about a sustainability-oriented topic.

Colgate's Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) is a professionally staffed organization that supports student volunteers, service-learning classes, internship programs, residential life initiatives, social-change efforts, and change-oriented career counseling to create a healthy and prosperous Hamilton community and Central New York region. The COVE supports numerous student volunteer organizations that promote sustainability in our region. A full list of student organizations can be view on our website: https://colgate.collegiatelink.net/organizations?SearchValue=COVE&SearchType=Category&CurrentPage=1&SelectedCategoryId=2869.

Colgate's Upstate Institute promotes a better understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and environmental resources of Upstate New York. Upstate Institute Summer Field School Fellows work with a community, government, or non-profit partner to create and complete projects that will have a positive social, economic, cultural or environmental impact on the Upstate region. More information can be found here http://www.colgate.edu/centers-and-institutes/upstate-institute/local-learning/field-school.


A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
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The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.