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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Parker Long
Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator
Facilities Management - Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

VCU's Division of Community Engagement (DCE) is a unit under the Office of the Provost. The Vice Provost for Community Engagement is on the provost's leadership team. In this role, Dr. Cathy Howard carries forward the mission of community engagement to her counterparts in academic and faculty affairs, student affairs and other units. Through DCE initiatives such as service learning, ASPiRE and Neighborhood Outreach, the university serves as a bridge that mobilizes university-community partnerships.
Under the DCE, Neighborhood Outreach works to build and strengthen relationships with the external community, specifically the five neighborhoods that surround VCU. The neighborhood outreach director meets regularly with a team of liaisons from the surrounding communities to discuss issues of common concern and to develop programs/events that enable students, staff/faculty and residents to work collaboratively to address community-identified needs.
The vice provost and neighborhood outreach director are consulted on issues that affect the community, including capital projects. Often, these issues require the university to meet with individuals and groups from the community. While this is not systematically implemented as a policy, it has become a part of the culture of the institution.
Annually, Dr. Michael Rao and other university leaders meet with community leaders to share VCU's developments over the past year and gather feedback from the community. VCU's report typically includes a brief State of the University, a capital plan progress report and a public safety report. The DCE follows up with community members and groups on any issues that may require further communication.


A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

The Division of Community Engagement created the Neighborhood Team to discuss community issues and share information among units. The group, which includes VCU Police, Student Affairs, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, and Residential Life & Housing, meets quarterly. Community members identified as neighborhood liaisons participate in two of the four meetings.
VCU Police created a position specifically to build relationships with community members and help address issues involving university students who live near VCU. The external affairs officer attends several neighborhood association meetings, provides updates and takes student-related complaints. He follows up with students, landlords and the community at subsequent meetings.


List of identified community stakeholders:

Neighborhood associations near VCU, including: Carver, Jackson Ward, The Fan, Randolph, Oregon Hill and Church Hill

Carver Area Civic Improvement League
The Fan District Association
Historic Jackson Ward Association Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association
Randolph Neighborhood Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
YMCA of Greater Richmond
Art 180
Hanover Positive Action Club
Hanover Youth Leadership Council
Higher Achievement
Mayor's Youth Academy
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation
Police Athletic League
Richmond Public Schools - Carver Elementary
Middle School Renaissance 2020
Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority
St. Andrew's School
10,000 Villages
A Grace Place
Boaz and Ruth
Bradley Free Clinic
Camp Diva
Capital One Boys and Girls Club
CARITAS
Carver Promise
CBS 6
Center for High Blood Pressure
Central VA Waste Management Authority
Central Virginia Asthma Coalition
Charlottesville Free Clinic
Chesapeake Care Free Clinic
Chester House- Chesterfield County Community Services Board
Chesterfield County Public Schools: Cosby High School
Chesterfield County Public Schools: Hopkins Elementary School
Chesterfield Health District
Chimborazo Elementary School
Circle Center Adult Day Services
Clover Hill High School
Communities In Schools of Richmond
Community Dental Clinic
Community Kitchen Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Continental Societies of Richmond
Craniofacial Clinic
Cross Over Ministries Clinic
CrossOver Ministry Dental Clinic
Daily Planet
Dental Medicine
District One Probation and Parole Office
East End Cemetery
F.I.R.S.T. Contractors
Family Lifeline
Fan Free Clinic
Federal Correctional Complex Petersburg
FeedMore
Free Clinic of Central Virginia
Free Clinic of Central Virginia- Lynchburg
Friends Association for Children
Friends of James River Park
Gateway Homes, Inc.
Goochland Free Clinic
Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services
Hands Up Ministry
Hanover County School Health Services
Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics at Mechanicsville Christian Center
Hanover Safe Place
Health and Wellness Initiative
Higher Achievement
Highland Spring Support Project
Highland Support Project
Home Again
Hopewell High School
James River Park System
Lobs & Lessons
Lucy Corr Village
Mary and Frances Youth Center
Master Gardeners (Chesterfield County chapter)
Master Naturalists (Pocahontas Chapter)
Maymont Park
Maymont Park Foundation
MCV Child Care Center
Metro Cash
Micah Initiative
Minority Health Consortium
Mosby Tenant Association
Neighbor-To-Neighbor Initiative
Neighborhood Resource Center
Northern Neck Free Health Clinic
Northminster Church
Offender Aid and Restoration
Open Door Resource Center
Park Place Dental Clinic
Park Place Health and Dental Clinic
Partnership for Families Northside
PATHS Community Dental Center
Paul Manning and the City of Richmond Mayor's Office
Peter Paul Development Center
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Inc., Native Bee Garden
Powhatan High School
Prince George High School
ReStore Habitat for Humanity
Richmond ARC
Richmond City Health District
Richmond City Jail
Richmond City Public Schools: Binford Middle School
Richmond City Public Schools: John Marshall High School
Richmond City Public Schools: Richmond Community High School
Richmond City Sheriff's Office
Richmond Memorial Foundation
Richmond Peace Education Center
Richmond Promise Neighborhood
Richmond Public Schools: Binford Middle School
Richmond Redvelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA)
Richmond Sister Cities Commission
ROOTS: Reinventing Ourselves Outside the System
RRHA
S.A.V.E.S. & M.A.V. (student organizations at VCU through the VCU Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services)
Sacred Heart Center
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
School of Nursing
Shalom Farms
Sinomlando, University of KwaZulu Natal South Africa
Southwest Virginia Regional Dental Center
Special Olympics Virginia
Sportable
St. Andrew's Schools
Stuff Redux
The Daily Planet Healthcare Center-Medical Respite Facility
The Healing Place
The James House
The Mill House
The Virginia Home
United Methodist Family Services
US Fish and Wildlife Service
VA Cooperative Extension
VA Department of Conservation and Recreation
VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Varina High School
VCU Art of Nursing
VCU Child Development Center
VCU Wellness Resource Center
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Virginia Friends of Mali
VMFA
Westminster Cantebury
Woodville Elementary School
YWCA of Greater Richmond


A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:

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