In This Article
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Templates & Tools
- Example Responses
- Common Issues Identified During Review
For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.
The intent of the credit is to highlight formal partnerships with community organizations, rather than institutional initiatives that benefit the community.
Formal partnerships are purposeful, lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with external stakeholders to work together to understand and address the core problems facing local communities.
No, in order to count for this credit, the partnership being claimed must be formal at the institutional level; it is not sufficient if individuals or student groups form a partnership in the community.
Yes, for each partnership the institution must provide material and/or financial support. The descriptive field must clearly provide information to affirm how the institution supports the partnership materially and/or financially.
The descriptive response provided must provide information about the following:
- How the partnership simultaneously supports all three dimensions of sustainability and
- How vulnerable populations and underrepresented groups are engaged in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review.
- Community partnerships inventory. Download Excel file or copy Google Sheet. Use or adapt this template to document community partnerships for sustainability and, optionally, track linkages to the SDGs.
- Sample keywords to help identify sustainability challenges (derived from the Earth Charter and SDG targets). Use or adapt to conduct a preliminary keyword search of partnerships. The presence of a keyword may or may not indicate that a sustainability challenge is addressed. Additional analysis is required.
- SDG targets
- Arizona State University
- Emory University
- Grand Valley State University
- Luther College
- Northern Arizona University
- The Oberlin Project – a transformative campus-community partnership
- Westminster College
- Is scope, duration, commitment, and governance addressed?
- The descriptive field must provide supporting information to support affirmative responses for each of the following: a) The partnership is multi-year or ongoing, rather than a short-term project or event; b) The partnership simultaneously supports all three dimensions of sustainability; c) The partnership is inclusive and participatory, i.e., underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations are engaged as equal partners