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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 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Briar Schoon
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Services
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

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

PCC is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed (AASHE). AASHE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.

AASHE enables its nearly 1,000 members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. They work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges.


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

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

PCC is a founding member of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN) and the college's Sustainability Manager is a sitting Board member.

As a UNU-IAS Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), GPSEN helps implement Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out the GAP Implementation Recommendations for the U.S., for ideas on how to advance ESD efforts. It is a regional network using sustainability education to create a greater Portland. They encourage collaborative partnerships among educators, students, non-profits, political and industry leaders, civic organizations, and community members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, in Oregon, and Clark County, in Washington, to help create a sustainable future through formal, non-formal, and informal education, training, and public awareness campaigns.


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

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

-PCAPPA 2016: "We're all in this Together: Facilties as Leaders in Higher Ed Sustainability"
-OHESC 2016: "Leveraging Campus Buildings to Educate Occupants & Shift Behaviors"
-AASHE 2016: "Beyond Operational Sustainability: Facilities Staff as Leaders, Teachers & Guinea Pigs"; "Weaving Social Justice into Sustainability Programs"; "Change Makers: Innovative Waste Reduction Campaigns & Beyond"
-GPSEN Sustainability Symposium 2017: "Case Studies in Campus Sustainability at PCC"
-WAHESC 2017: "By Taking Care of it, You're Aware of it: Mini Max at PCC"


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

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

In 2015, PCC Rock Creek won AASHE's Campus Sustainability Case Study Award for Associate Colleges for addressing food insecurity at the student level with their innovative learning garden program and farm stand accepting SNAP Benefits.


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? :
Yes

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

PCC's Sustainability Manager sat on the planning committee for the following conferences:
-AASHE 2015
-OHESC 2016
-GPSEN Sustainability Symposium 2017


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?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

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

PCC regularly participates in collaborative planning efforts and resource sharing with other Oregon higher ed sustainability practitioners.


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