Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.66
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

American University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

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.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Signs across campus highlight rain water features including green roofs, rain gardens, and bio-retention basins. 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 building sustainability. Construction projects also feature signs describing sustainability features.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

An online campus map identifies sustainability features as well as academic sustainability programs. Office of Sustainability staff members offer tours to any groups that are interested. Past tours have been given to classes, campus offices, student groups, State Dept. visitors, garden clubs, and K-12 students.


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

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

A Green Living Guide on the Office of Sustainability's website provides tips and resources for how students can live a more sustainable lifestyle on and off campus.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Green Event Guidelines: Highlights AU's commitment to zero waste and educates students and staff about correct waste diversion.

Green Home Office Guide: Provides ideas and resources for being sustainable while working from home.

Environmental Justice Toolkit: Offers a compilation of educational resources and tools to learn about environmental justice, social justice, and environmental racism.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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