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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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

1. Climate Leadership Commitment (ACUPCC)

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

1. DAPPA - Desert APPA (Association of Physical Plant Administrators) was formed so higher education institutions in the desert area could share information on the challenges of maintaining an institution in a desert environment. Members include New Mexico State University, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso Community College, Doña Ana Community College, and New Mexico Technical College.

2. LCGCC - Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

1. AASHE Conference in Minneapolis 2015 - the Sustainability Manager and Utilities Director gave a 1-hour presentation on their successful implementation of an Energy Services Agreement with Ameresco (also co-presenters for this talk)
2. AASHE Conference in Baltimore 2016 - the Sustainability Manager along with faculty from two other colleges gave a 1-hour presentation on lowering waste on campus by using PeopleTowels reusable organic cotton hand towels.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The NMSU Sustainability Manager and NMSU Stormwater Management Director are on the committee “Discussing the Future of Water in El Paso del Norte Region” organized by the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness and the Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM) at UTEP in October 2015. We share our experiences in our particular locale with water challenges we are experiencing. This stakeholders board is an opportunity for urban and industrial stakeholders to share their perspectives and experiences on the relationship between water and economic growth.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

NMSU and University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) partner on sustainability programs. NMSU Sustainability Manager was a panelist at UTEP's first Sustainability Fair in October 2016. Dr. newcomer also tabled during the day to talk to UTEP students, faculty, and staff about sustainability at NMSU.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

In 2013 the sustainability manager met with a president-appointed committee at University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). The committee of faculty and staff from many different departments across campus was given the task of deciding whether to do the STARS report or not. After joni newcomer, NMSU sustainability manager, gave pros and cons of the report (mostly pros!) UTEP decided to do the report and hired a contractor to do the reporting. The Dr. newcomer remained as a consultant, assisting the school on their STARS report. The NMSU Sustainability Manager met on many different occasions in 2015 and 2016 in person and consulted often by phone with the UTEP STARS reporter, Luis Perez, in charge of doing the first STARS report. In March 2016 UTEP submitted and got a Bronze Star!

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

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

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.