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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jeff Severin
Director
KU Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
No
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

n/a

+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

Members of the campus community have served on sustainability-related boards for the City of Lawrence, addressing climate protection, solid waste, biking, and transit, and the City holds a position on their Sustainability Advisory Board for a KU representative. Campus representatives also serve on LiveWell Lawrence working groups, which address topics ranging from the built environment to hunger and poverty. Similarly, city and county staff have served on campus sustainability planning and advisory committees, and have a seat the campus bicycle advisory board.

In addition to these partnerships, the Facilities Operations surplus program donates unclaimed items to non-profits in the community and maintains regular communication with organizations about available items and collaborates with area non-profits to assist with reclaiming items during student move-out.

+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015

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:

The University and City of Lawrence operate a coordinated transit system (http://lawrencetransit.org/) that provides access for faculty, staff, and students.

KU's West Campus is also home to the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (http://btbcku.com/), a partnership between local and state entities united to expand the economy by promoting bioscience and technology industries.


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:

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.