Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.83
Liaison Tom Twist
Submission Date June 12, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Bates College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tom Twist
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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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):

We have just revamped the old site, which was around for 8 years without updating. We are quite proud of our new site, which gives a nice, simple outlay of the main things that we are involved with - Energy, Culture, Learning, and Material Flows.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

We've moved the sustainability newsletter away from topical matters and towards presenting actual data on how we're doing. Infographics abound, and the newsletter is promoted on our webpage, social media, and as hardcopy versions around campus. This is put out monthly.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

We get more hits through these platforms than our website, so we often just duplicate posts, newsletters, etc. We have a presence on facebook, instagram, and twitter.


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:

We have a sustainability write-in column called Ask Sustainable Beanie.


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

Our "Mt. David" exhibition, which displays the research work of our students, is a yearly event, and takes place in our atrium. Works on methane emissions from salt water estuaries, to the feasibility of solar power purchase agreements for the college are displayed.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

We have plaques on our newer buildings that highlight green features - energy efficiency and water use.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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:

Our dining hall has signage about local food sources and what is done with the food waste (compost and pig farmers).


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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:

Our new dorms have swale and water diversion signage.


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:

We give guided sustainability tours to interested parties. And we hold sustainability open houses.


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:

We have a website for a vanpool, green bike sharing program, and we've just installed 4 new electric car charging stations.


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:

We have info for renting a green bike, and how to get around without a car - bus routes, etc. The green bikes are our bike share program, which we've just revamped to have students utilize the library - one can check out a bike the way they would a book.


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:

We have a guide for green certification for the student dorms and faculty offices.


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

A brief description of these materials or publications:

We specialize in infographics to inform the student body of our progress towards our carbon reduction goals.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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