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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Chad Carwein
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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:

The UNCG Sustainability Office continues to work with local groups through supportive sustainability partnerships with the following organizations in Greensboro:

Environmental Stewardship Greensboro
http://www.greenschemesnc.com/esg.html

The Office of Sustainability has supported this organization by attending their meetings and events. Environmental Stewardship Greensboro represents approximately 14 different faith groups in the local community.


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):

In 2013, the Office of Sustainability formed a collaborative sustainability partnership with multiple groups in the local community to revitalize Greensboro Green Drinks. (http://www.greendrinks.org/NC/Greensboro). After the kickoff event was hosted on the UNCG campus, the following organizations have each sponsored one of these monthly gatherings:

IRC Edible Community Garden
http://gsodaycenter.org/

Piedmont Plateau Group of the Sierra Club
http://www.ppgsierraclub.org/

Occupy Greensboro Energy Working Group
http://occupygreensboro.org/

In 2011, the UNCG Sustainability Office formed a collaborative partnership with Sustainable Greensboro, a local non-profit group, to promote and manage Earth Day. Sustainable Greensboro is dedicated to providing proactive leadership, innovation, and creativity to meet challenges related to greening local businesses, restoring urban ecology, and providing community education.

This partnership helped strengthen both groups. Sustainable Greensboro was undergoing a major restructuring of its leadership at the time and this gave members an event to galvanize around. In turn it provided a pool of volunteers and community leaders to assist the nascent Office of Sustainability at UNCG in holding the largest Earth Day celebration in the history of the campus.

http://newsandfeatures.uncg.edu/uncg-sustainable-greensboro-team-up-for-earth-day-2011/#sthash.Tz9vSulF.dpbs


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:

In 2014, a UNCG Office of Sustainability staff member was appointed to serve as a voting member of the City of Greensboro's Community Sustainability Council (CSC). Participation with this group has resulted in a transformative sustainability partnership between the institution and the local community, which meets the requirements in terms of scope (sub-committees include urban forestry, transportation, economic ), duration (2 years), commitment (staff and community service leave hours), and governance (meetings are open to the public and the CSC invites at least one community group representative to each meeting for presentations and to discuss opportunities for collaboration). In addition, members of the CSC conducted al GHG Audit for the City of Greensboro and the Greensboro City Council has accepted the Sustainability Action Plan created by the CSC. Refer to the CSC website for detailed meeting minutes and specific information about projects and partnerships developed: http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=4669


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:

Information for this credit was obtained by Chad Carwein, Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist at UNCG.

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