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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 75.27
Liaison Katie Lavin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Christian Feuerstein
Director of Communications
Communications
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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:

Sterling College is a member of the Vermont Farm to Plate Initiative. Vermont's Farm to Plate Initiative is weaving together the components of Vermont's food system to strengthen the working landscape, improve the profitability of farms and food enterprises, maintain environmental resilience, and increase local food access for all Vermonters. We have been members since 2010.


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):

As of july 2015, Sterling College is providing office space and administrative support for the Orleans County Forester, Jared Nunery. Vermont County Foresters provide forest management advice, technical assistance, as well as outreach to landowners and the general public. As the county forester, Nunery is dedicated to the stewardship of Vermont’s forests and is a resource for private landowners, businesses, and nonprofits. On campus, Jared consults on the College's forest stewardship plan, advises forestry students, presented to classes on carbon sequestration, and has even offered advice on ArcGIS.


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:

We have a partnership with the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) in Hardwick. The mission of the CAE is to engage the public in building a regenerative, locally based, healthy food system through collaboration opportunities, food access and hunger relief, educational outreach and providing infrastructure. We have hosted a number of events with the CAE, including Pies for People and a local food jobs symposium. Additionally, classes travel to the CAE's food production hub and CAE staffers present to classes. Sterling College faculty give presentations to the larger community about value-added food products and labeling & marketing through the CAE.


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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