Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.78
Liaison Jessica Bowen
Submission Date March 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Aquinas College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jessica Eimer Bowen
Director of Sustainability
Center for 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 (optional):

The web site highlights the most recent Sustainability news and events, resources about sustainability pertinent to the campus population, an extensive section on the Zero Waste Initiative, metrics/indicators used to measure progress, and more.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Center for Sustainability uses the campus kiosk’s to inform students on ways to live sustainably, as well as zero waste events and speakers invited to the campus to discuss issues regarding sustainability. We also advertise on the two campus “blogs”: the Moose (which is directed towards students) and Acorn (which is designed for faculty and staff). In addition to this, the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas has an Instagram page, a Facebook page, and a twitter account.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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 the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Sustainability is a theme covered by school paper reporters on a frequent basis.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce 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:

Students interested in presenting on research submit a proposal to the Center for Sustainability. Several sustainability brown bag events are organized each semester and student research on sustainability is often a featured topic.


The website URL for 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 :

Centralized signage summarizing green building features are posted.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

Product specific educational signage is placed as appropriate next to local and organic products. A map of Michigan is prominently displayed with callouts of local vendors served in the cafeteria. Compostable disposables are clearly labeled, as are the waste stations for disposal.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

N/A


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Aquinas provides a walking tree guide featuring 108 different tree and shrub species native to Michigan among Aquinas campus trails. It is also available virtually.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

There are several guides for commuters:
A Saint’s Guide to Sustainability includes an entire section on sustainable commuting.
The Sustainability Initiative website contains a “Get Involved” section with a “Re-think Transportation” page that includes information about carpooling, the Rapid Bus System discounts, a video about how to use the bus, and biking.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The “AQ Bikes” page of the Campus Safety web site features information on the college’s bike rental program, a link to bike trails in the Grand Rapids area, a bicycle safety video, and a FAQ section aimed at bicyclists and pedestrians.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

A Saint’s Guide to Sustainability includes information about reducing waste, making local food choices, getting involved on campus, sustainability policies, and alternative transportation programs.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Recycling and Composting Guide that highlights what items are accepted and which are not accepted.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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