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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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Wells College is a member in good standing of AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Wells is also a member of the GreenSchools listserve email network.


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Wells College is a founding and current member of the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE).

Wells College is also a member of the College Council of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3).


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Marian Brown, Sustainability Center director, presented “Renewably Powering—and Empowering—a Community” and “From the Ground[s] Up” at the Association for the Ad-vancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in Baltimore. Brown delivered “Integrating Sustainability into Curriculum” for the State of NY Sustainability Conference at SUNY New Paltz in November. In absentia, her invited presentation on “Residence Hall Recycling Support” was delivered at the conference of the NYS Association for Reduc-tion, Reuse and Recycling. Brown was invited to moderate a session for the “Applying STEM Disciplines to Support Sustainable Communities” conference at Alfred State College in January 2016. Her session, titled “Team Up! Complementary Curricular & Co-Curricular Initiatives”, explored how STEM programs and faculty can partner with Student Affairs, and how inter-nal collaborations can enhance the collective impact of sustain-ability focused community en-gagement. This conference was sponsored by New York Campus Compact, an organization of which Wells is a member, that promotes active citizenship within higher education. Brown also presented "Repairing Our Foodshed" at the State of New York Sustainability conference in Cortland NY in November 2017.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Wells College's submission to the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) was reviewed and awarded funding to further develop our in-residence hall recycling program; that funding is open to all members in good standing on the organization's College Council. Wells was awarded additional NYSAR3 College Council funding in early 2017 for expanding its composting program to include the campus pub. In Fall 2016, we were invited to present our successful case study of “Residence Hall Recycling Support” for the Fall 2016 NYSAR3 conference.


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Wells has served on the steering committee for the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) since its founding. This is an elected position.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Marian Brown, Sustainability Center director, contributed to a research article about seed libraries, written by Dana Ingalls, a librarian at McGill University in Canada. Ingalls’ article, “Breaking New Ground: The Case for Seed Libraries in the Academic Library”, was published in Public Services Quarterly and liberally cites the Wells College experience developing our Wells College Seed Exchange. Using the advice we shared with them, McGill’s Macdonald Library opened its own seed library at the end of March.

Sustainability Center director Marian Brown was invited to serve on the conference planning committee for the 2017 annual meeting of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.


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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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.