Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

American University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Chris O'Brien
Director of Sustainability
Office of 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 sustainability website includes information about campus greening (Buildings, Dining, Energy & Climate, Grounds, Purchasing, Recycling, Composting & Waste, Transportation, Water), community greening, commitments & policies, education & research, how to get involved, and about the office and staff.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The sustainability newsletter is a bi-monthly publication of the Office of Sustainability containing updates about projects and initiatives carried out on campus as well as links to news stories online.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

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

Info-monitors display sustainability in most building lobbies, including utility consumption as well as key campus sustainability features. Stickers on light switches all across campus remind users to turn out the lights. Signs on paper towel dispensers remind users to conserve because paper comes from trees. Stickers on restroom waste bins instruct users that paper towels are composted so users should be careful not contaminate the binds.


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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:

Signs in the Terrace Dining Room promote local food options, vegetarian meals, and trayless dining.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A campus map identifies sustainability features as well as academic sustainability programs.


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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:

The sustainable transportation web page lists and links to alternative methods of campus transportation.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

"The Weekly Greening" is a weekly publication from the Office of Campus Life containing green tips for the home and office.


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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 Eagle regularly covers sustainability and has a circulation of 8,000 and a popular Web site.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Case studies review alternatives to bottled water, LED lights, recycled content paper and double-sided printing. A brochure outlines the university's commitment to carbon neutrality by 2020.


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

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

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Blog


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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