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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 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kimberly Post
Community-Based Learning Director
Community-Based Learning
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Riverton School pre-service teaching and workshops

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:

Saint Joseph's College began collaborating with the Riverton School in support of their challenges over 6 years ago. The Riverton School community works diligently to balance the needs of a diverse transient student population with Maine’s requirement for academic accountability, but they struggle with a high rate of student mobility, increasing numbers of English Language Learners, and low socioeconomic status. Pre-service teachers (in SJC's education majors) provide hands-on science lessons every year, and Dr. Janice Rey, the driving force behind the partnership, regularly writes grants to fund supplies. The College also collaborates with the state coordinator of Project WET and Poland Spring in Poland, Maine to offer Make a Splash Day annually on campus for Riverton students. The program is designed to ensure that students experience interactive learning stations emphasizing water behavior and conservation. Pre-service teachers facilitate all of the activities, while Poland Spring finances all materials, food, and transportation.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation

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):

The newly-created Institute intends to serve as an innovation hub, promoting sustainable agriculture and local economic development. Its mission focuses on New England’s food security goal to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of the food for all New Englanders by 2060. The Institute serves as a supporting organization for the development of Maine’s food and beverage industry by providing critically needed workforce training, facilities for scale-up of home operations, business development, and collaboration of other supporting organizations. The Institute will support the industry with a physical and digital space designed to teach skills to a diverse community of learners, generate new business for local farms, and foster business development in the regional food system. A primary goal is to develop a network of farmers from across the Lakes Region and marketing and technology professionals throughout Greater Portland. By bringing these key entrepreneurial forces together with critical infrastructure and resources in a hub focused on achieving regional agricultural goals, the Institute will provide critical support to economic growth in Maine.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Sustainable Communities Initiative

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):
Short-term project or event

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):
No

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 Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) is a year-long interdisciplinary program sponsored by the College that partners faculty, staff, and students with a local community to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at increasing the level of sustainability in its broadest sense, from environmental action and economic viability to social integrity. Each semester, municipal partners work with the College to identify relevant projects for community-based learning courses. The program is beginning its 4th year and is currently exploring new towns to partner with.


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