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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 48.14
Liaison Sean Vormwald
Submission Date April 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Onondaga Community College
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sean Vormwald
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

Onondaga has participated in a number of local sustainability initiatives such as the NY Prize micro-grid feasibility study to explore developing a community micro-grid to improve the resilience and sustainability of the community’s electricity supply, the Central New York Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan to explore ways of improving electric vehicle infrastructure, and the City of Syracuse sustainability planning process.


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):

Onondaga has many collaborative community partnerships. One example is the Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine. This ongoing initiative addresses the overlap of environmental and health issues through research, education, and economic development. Partners include SUNY ESF, SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY Oswego, Welch Allyn, Colden Corp., C&S, O’Brien & Gere, and ConMed Corp.


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:

Onondaga has many transformative partnerships in the community. One example is the new Community Care Hub, a comprehensive virtual and physical system of support services delivered by community-based partners and the College to remove non-academic barriers among low-income students and individuals on public assistance who are pursuing postsecondary credentials to prepare for career entry. This ongoing initiative coordinates community efforts to ameliorate pervasive conditions of poverty in Central New York by supporting low-income students to enter higher education; persist; complete a credential; and, move directly into a sustaining career or transfer to another institution to receive additional education and training. This project addresses community challenges related to food insecurity, homelessness, transportation barriers, lack of family care options and resources, and difficulty navigating complex administrative systems intended to offer help. Improving low-income student completion and successful transfer is expected to support workforce development and regional efforts to revitalize the City of Syracuse and Central New York by creating pathways to high-demand careers that offer a living wage and opportunities for advancement and by providing new economic opportunities for individuals, families, and neighborhoods currently characterized by generational poverty. Onondaga is coordinating this effort with community partners.


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.