Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 30.79
Liaison Peter Schulze
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Austin College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Kelby Archer
Coordinator
Center for Environmental Studies
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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 Center for Environmental Studies web page consolidates information about the Environmental Studies academic department, campus greening initiatives, student-led sustainability groups, sustainability-focused research, and our Sneed Prairie restoration site.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of 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 Environmental Studies maintains a blog that is updated a few times per semester with items of interest about current Center activities and progress. The Think group also maintains Facebook and Instagram pages.


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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?:
No

A brief description of the 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?:
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 :

Our LEED Gold Certified IDEA Center (science building) has numerous signs and information posted that explain the building's green features.


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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
No

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

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

The Idea Center (our science building) has a rainwater catchment system used for watering the surrounding plants as well as a large number of native plants around it to cut down on landscaping maintenance, help retain soil, and provide habitat for numerous species. There are signs along walkways around the Idea Center that hightlight these sustainable landscaping features.


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:

A sustainability walking map and associated tour video for the Idea Center have been produced that include information on the building's natural landscaping, rainwater catchment system, smart fume hoods, emphasis on natural lighting, and preferential parking spaces for low emissions vehicles, among other things.


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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
No

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The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

A brief description of 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?:
No

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