Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.57
Liaison Susan Kidd
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2012
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STARS v1.0

Agnes Scott College
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Justine Schwartz
Sustainability Fellow
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

The website for the Office of Sustainability is a great resource for all of the college's sustainability efforts. The available information covers everything from our zero waste efforts, to RecycleMania results, to volunteer opportunities, to information about the college's Climate Action Plan. Currently the college is updating its entire web site, so we expect more coverage of and regular update for sustainability than have been possible in the past.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Every spring, the college hosts the Spring Annual Research Conference, or SpARC. The conference allows students and faculty to present their research and analysis to the Agnes Scott community. Sustainability has a strong presence during the conference. In 2011, there were four presentations from the Environmental and Sustainability Studies department and/or internship programs.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Anna I. Young Alumnae House is the college's first LEED Silver certified building. It's formal parlor is used often, for alumnae events, wedding receptions and other formal gatherings. There is a series of professionally designed materials displayed at each event that highlight the building's green features from the mechanic systems to paint choices and reused materials.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The dining hall staff locally sources several food items, and posts noticeable, professionally designed signs to indicate the items' distinction as a local food. There are also similar sings for fair and equal trade items. Finally, the dining hall staff has hung signs encouraging customers to taste food before they take a plate, which cuts down on food waste.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

The college's irrigation comes 100% from our retention pond on campus. There are signs across campus landscaping to indicate the irrigation water is pumped from the retention pond so that everyone, including the surrounding community, is aware that we are not using drinking water for irrigation.


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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

On both the sustainability web site and the sustainability blog, there is information about alternative transportation methods, such as the bike share program, car share program and reduced price public transportation passes. In addition, our dining hall contributes used cooking oil to another college's bio-diesel powered bus system.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
Yes

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The Office of Sustainability has a liaison to the college's student newspaper and sustainability and "green" efforts are regularly featured in the paper.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

We have made a series of posters aimed at encouraging behavioral changes in energy consumption. The posters have a similar aesthetic so students can easily recognize them. These posters range from competition announcements to instructional materials with information about turning off lights, switching to CFL bulbs or hang-drying clothing. They are posted all around campus.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

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The Office of Sustainability is very active through social media. We have a Twitter account @SustainableASC, as well as a Facebook page and Tumblr. The Tumblr is our primary blog where we keep supplemental information to our website, and it automatically updates to our Twitter account.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

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Our primary outreach so far has been articles and illustrations in the Agnes Scott alumnae magazine which we use as handouts for multiple audiences. We had a major article just after our programs started which we forward to people interested in our start-up phase. We have two "maps" that show our progress over several years and a recent two page summary of our latest efforts, highlighting some students and faculty.


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