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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Alexis Leciejewski
Program Assistant
Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Residential Life Collaboration

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Office of Environmental Sustainability established a formal mechanism to integrate sustainability into the residential life experience of all students living on campus.

On the upper management level, the Office of Environmental Sustainability set up a committee with a professional Residential Director
(RD) from each living area on campus (the five quads and the three apartment complexes); this committee meets bi-weekly to discuss all programming and communications related student sustainability behavior change initiatives. The RD's then work with student staff to encourage participation from all students living on campus. Large-scale examples include the Energy Campaign, RecycleMania, and the Give and Go.

The Office of Environmental Sustainability also worked with Residential Life to integrate sustainability into each Residential Assistant (RA) position. Each RA must design and execute programs for their floor and living complex related to the acronym C.A.M.P.U.S. (Community, Pride, Sustainability, etc.). The Office of Environmental Sustainability leads workshops to assist the RA's to fulfill their commitment to the "S." Representatives from the Office of Environmental Sustainability will work with RA's to design new workshops, when asked.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

- Residential Life hosts five large-scale sustainability programs per semester (student attendance is expected to be over 100). The Office of Environmental Sustainability Staff assists in the planning process with student representatives.

-The Office of Environmental Sustainability designed five small-scale programs/workshops that are available upon request for RA's to invite a sustainability representative to host (DIY Green Cleaning, DIY Lip balm, Change-A-Light Program, Food: Local or Not, Recycling Relay).

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A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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.