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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 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Wells College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Finger Lakes Rideshare Coalition

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate and coordinating the provision of automated online ride matching and ride sharing services in the members’ jurisdictions. The goal of the COALITION is to provide affordable, convenient and effective ride matching services to increase the mode share of car-pooling/ridesharing from all trips in the service area. The members have formed the COALITION to obtain the most value for each member’s resources, and share costs, expertise and approaches to common challenges to increasing car-pooling/ridesharing. Each member of the COALITION agrees to coordinate efforts and support other members’ programs promoting ride sharing.

The coalition encourages ridesharing throughout the regional service area, providing access to the Zimride ridematching platform for free to members of each of the coalition partners' community. Ridesharing supports economic sustainability by providing cost-effective sustainable transportation support. Ridesharing supports environmental sustainability by reducing the number of vehicles driven, so reducing related greenhouse gas emissions. Ridesharing supports social sustainability by providing access to transportation to all members of the community.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Solarize Cayuga campaign

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

The Solarize Cayuga project is a multi-sector partnership among government, corporate and educational leaders to advance the update of solar energy in the county. The campaign has been ongoing for more than 3 years now, and is into its second round. The Solarize Cayuga steering group issued RFPs to various solar installers who offered competitive rates for installed solar energy systems.

The Solarize Cayuga team included two members of the community representing lower income households (seniors).

The Solarize Cayuga team provided the educational and outreach support for the installers. Increasing solar energy update in our rural county helps in all three sustainability areas: we ensured that at least one installer offered power purchase agreements instead of direct purchase of renewable energy systems, still enabling those unable to purchase/install a system on their home or business (e.g. renters, seniors) access to renewable energy; increasing renewable energy integration reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and had an economic benefit as the competitive rates offered by the solar companies from our RFP process significantly lowered the price for homeowners and small businesses.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

Wells College provides office space and internship support for the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. The college is a member of the network and provides opportunities for students to volunteer for network events and activities in the region. The network primarily works in the area of environmental protection of the watershed regionof Cayuga Lake.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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