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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 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Oregon
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Steve Mital
Office of Sustainability Director
Finance & Administration
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC)

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

EPIC is a new program that builds on the success of the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI). EPIC is an annual three-day conference that trains faculty and community leaders from institutions and cities around the world to replicate the SCI model. The conference is now in its 5th year of operation and approximately 60 individuals academics, professionals and officials representing about 20 institutions come from all across the US and abroad each year. A collaborative group plans the annual conference, and the 2017 event is taking place in San Diego, CA, with a reported 60 participants. Many previous participants who have launched programs modeled after SCI come back to the conference to share their own adaptations of the basic framework.
The program has received multiple awards for this innovation, including the 2015 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award, which recognizes top educational approaches in social entrepreneurship within higher education.


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

Over 25 institutions have launched programs modeled after the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Year Program as a result of this annual conference. Approximately 60-70 participants attend the conference annually,


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 Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
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:

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