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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 58.11
Liaison Melissa Tier
Submission Date April 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Swarthmore College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Aurora Winslade
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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):

1. AASHE
2. American College and University President's Climate Committment (ACUPCC)
3. US EPA Green Power Partnership


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):

1. Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC)
2. Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
3. Sustainable Philadelphia Alliance of Regional Campuses (SPARC)


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):

-Director of Sustainability, Aurora Winslade, and Sustainability Program Manager, Melissa Tier, provided 2 presentations at the AASHE Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in 2016. Also at the AASHE conference, Swarthmore's campus-community (N. Philadelphia) collaborative named Serenity Soular gave a presentation about the partnership. The College gave an "Internal Carbon Pricing" presentation at  the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) in 2016: this was the NESCS "annual meeting that advances campus sustainability by providing close networking opportunities, professional development, and access to the area’s vibrant and growing college and university sustainability practitioner community." -http://sustainability.yale.edu/people-partners/strategic-external-partnerships/northeast-campus-sustainability-consortium.
-Swarthmore presented a "Natural Organizational Design for Sustainability" presentation at the Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference in April 2016.


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):

AASHE Campus Award for Serenity Soular
International Campus Sustainability Network for Carbon Charge


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):

Aurora Winslade, Swarthmore College Sustainability Director, serves on the PERC Executive Committee and the Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference Program Committee.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Started in Fall 2016, Environmentors Program is in partnership with the nonprofit organization "GreenAllies" and with local schools. Swarthmore Environmentors work directly with students in the region on an environmental project designed to reduce their school's carbon footprint and help them register as an eco-school. The program is still getting off the ground but fall of 2016 very much included joint planning towards this sustainability and educational program.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Aurora Winslade and Nathaniel Graf, Swarthmore's Climate Action Senior Fellow, reviewed Yale's Carbon Charge proposal in 2016 after Yale sent it to them requesting their perusal and any edits or suggestions.


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:

-Swarthmore's Office of Sustainability collaborated with PERC to plan a carbon pricing workshop.
-Swarthmore continues to work with Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College on the development of environmental studies courses
-Swarthmore has collaborated with regional schools on capacity building for sustainability initiatives.
-Swarthmore is in collaboration with Yale College and Vassar College on internal carbon pricing education


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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.