Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

American University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Hannah Debelius
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability No
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed No
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience No
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The sustainability website includes information about campus greening related to the categories of: buildings, dining, energy & climate, grounds, purchasing, recycling, composting and waste, transportation, and water. The website also covers community greening, commitments & policies, education & research, how to get involved, and information about the office and staff.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

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


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability and Zero Waste initiatives both utilize twitter, facebook, and instagram to educate the community, share best practices, and communicate events and initiatives related to sustainability on and off campus. Additionally, the Student Sustainability Educators maintain a blog on Tumblr dedicated to GreenAU updates, events, and general sustainability topics.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Info-monitors display sustainability stats in most buildings, including utility consumption as well as key campus sustainability features. Stickers on light switches 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 bins. Plaques in building lobbies inform about green roofs.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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 and vegetarian meals.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

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The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A campus map identifies sustainability features as well as academic sustainability programs. Office of Sustainability staff and Student Sustainability Educators also offers tours to any groups that are interested. Past tours have been given to classes, campus offices, student groups, State Dept visitors, and K-12 students.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

n/a


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

n/a


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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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. Student Sustainability Educators and members of sustainable student organizations regularly contribute op-ed content. The student newspaper publishes daily content online and sends a weekly digest to the whole campus community.


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:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

Zero Waste Brochure to highlight the Zero Waste commitment of AU and educate students and staff about correct waste diversion.


The website URL for this material (1st material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

AU Sustainability List Serv - all members of the community are invited to share information about sustainability with the list. It is most frequently used to share information about upcoming events.


The website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

The entire campus is a certified arboretum and a brochure and book both provide information about the arboretum's history and associated organizations.


The website URL for this material (3rd material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
No

A brief description of this material (4th material):

n/a


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

A brief description of this material (5th material):

n/a


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

A brief description of this material (6th material):

n/a


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

A brief description of this material (7th material):

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The website URL for this material (7th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

A brief description of this material (8th material):

n/a


The website URL for this material (8th material):
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