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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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kimberly Post
Community-Based Learning Director
Community-Based Learning
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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):

AASHE
American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now )Second Nature's President's Climate Commitment
Catholic Climate Covenant


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):

Green Campus Consortium of Maine


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):

Chemistry students submitted their study of drinking water in the Lewiston/Auburn area (titled Lead and Arsenic Contaminants in Maine Drinking Water) to the Maine Sustainability and Water Conference, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine.


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):

A team of four students presented their research on "Local and Sustainable Products for the Campus Store" at the Maine Sustainability and Water Conference, organized by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions of the University of Maine. The students researched the demographics of the campus store’s customers, the food and drink products that were purchased most frequently, and then explored whether or not it was feasible to substitute more sustainable and local options for those popular products. Their research found that, while the campus store did not currently offer products that could be considered local or sustainable, surveys suggested that customers were willing to pay more for those types of products. The team identified local substitutions and made recommendations to the store considering availability, customer preferences, and price. The students won an Honorable Mention Award–-one of only two awards given to undergraduate students.


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):

Natural Resources Council of Maine (Sustainability Task Force Board member)
Raymond Conservation Commission (Sustainability Task Force member)
Maine Campus Compact (College President)


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:

The College is a member of the Greater Portland Counsel of Governments, which brings the three legs of sustainability (environment, economy and community) into services and planning efforts. Currently the college is collaborating with their program PACTS (the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System) to explore trail system development and the development of walkable/bike-able linkages to surround communities.


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.