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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 Bronze
Overall Score 42.59
Liaison Jeffrey Clark
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Christopher Lee
Vice President Finance and Administration
Administration
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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:

Riverview Gardens: Students will take the volunteer shuttle at all times throughout the year to go help at Riverview Gardens. The mission of Riverview is environmental, social, and economic sustainability through their mission of job training to transform the community through the urban farm, bakery, greenhouse, parks, events, and downtown center. Students can go once or every weekend. There is a representative from Lawrence who is the main connection between Riverview and Lawrence Students.


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):

Vital: Volunteers in Tutoring at Lawrence (VITAL) is a volunteer based organization addressing an important issue of education, social equity, and wellbeing. It is the only free k-12 tutoring in Appleton. Lawrence provides the space and the materials for students in the community to come get tutored in any subject by Lawrence students. Lawrence students will have to adapt to the individual children to work with them in the most efficicent ways. This addresses sustainability in education for students in the Appleton area, but also sustainability for the Lawrence students as they make a difference in another student's life.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
No

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

Student organizations have partnerships with distant communities. Habitat for Humanity, a student run organization, sends a spring break trip each year to work in a distant community in various places across the country from Tennessee to Arizona. LUNA (Lawrence University Native Americans) went to Albuquerque, NM last year and did some volunteering with school age native children.
In 2013 BSU ( Black Student Union) went to South Padre Island, TX and did some volunteering with the Sea Turtles.


The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

Representatives from the university meet regularly with city leaders to discuss a range of issues, including sustainability. Sample agenda items include city/university collaboration on electronics recycling and biological species inventories. In addition, students from the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden regularly partner with local schools, both to give tours of Lawrence's garden, but also to help local students start gardens at their own schools.
The Volunteer and Community Service Center also has partnerships with local agencies with a sustainability focus, with students regularly volunteering and recruiting other student volunteers.

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.