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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 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
STAR Community support for the City of Las Cruces

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:

The City of Las Cruces (the City) Sustainability Officer partners closely with the NMSU Sustainability Manager on many projects. For the last two years, The City has been working on attaining a STAR Community rating. NMSU faculty and staff as well as the sustainability manager have taken part in meetings, both public and private, to help the City achieve this goal. In October 2015 The City was awarded a three-star rating. Even after the rating was achieved, further participation in City events for STAR Communities have taken place, such as this on March 2016: http://www.starcommunities.org/star-updates/city-of-las-cruces-nm-holds-sustainable-community-workshop-on-earth-day/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce member

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):

Since the beginning of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce in Las Cruces, the Office of Sustainability (OoS) has been a member. The manager of the OoS attends monthly meetings and actively participates. The manager has also spoken at two events in the last six years about sustainability activities and initiatives at NMSU, as well as recruits members for the Green Chamber.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists)

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 City of Las Cruces has brought the Bicycle Friendly Community task force back to life as of summer 2016. After receiving a Bronze rating from the League of American Bicyclists, the City of Las Cruces Planning Department is continuing its work on getting Silver, the next higher rating. New Mexico State University has two employees on the task force (the university has a Bronze rating as a Bicycle Friendly University) since we've been through this before. NMSU shares 1.5 miles of city street, University Avenue, and we partner closely on making sure that we each benefit from planning on both side of the street.


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

Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce website: https://nmgreenchamber.com/

City of Las Cruces Bicycle Friendly Community website: http://www.las-cruces.org/live/bike-walk-hike


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