Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.13
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date July 11, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Bowdoin College
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Bowdoin has a sustainability website which covers sustainability related campus initiatives, dining, buildings and grounds, research and education, student involvement and Bowdoin's carbon neutrality plan at: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/index.shtml


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

In 2010 Bowdoin's Sustainability Newsletter went paperless to a regularly updated news feed on the Sustainability Website.


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Does the institution have 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:

The website has links to Independent studies and Honors projects in Environmental Studies. Complete research projects are located at the Bowdoin library.


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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 :

The four LEED certified buildings on campus have placards indicating their LEED level of certification.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

Bowdoin's dinning halls include a map locating local food producers in Maine that it has purchasing partnerships with. The Dining Halls place labels on dishes identifying all vegetarian, vegan, local and organic food. The Dining Halls also maintain bulletin boards with regularly updated themes around sustainability, local agriculture and healthy eating habits.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

There is an online campus sustainability tour at: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-sustainability-tour/index.shtml
Created in the summer of 2010 it features Bowdoin's many commitments towards sustainability.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

Linked through the sustainability website there are online guides to recycling and energy conservation on campus as well as a guide to alternative transportation.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

Bowdoin's sustainability website offers tips on energy conservation: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/energy-conservation/index.shtml
frequently asked questions for waste reduction and recycling: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/recycling-and-waste-management/index.shtml
and Bowdoin's Building Dashboard programs offers students and staff live energy consumption information. This program is linked through the main page of the student gateway and offers energy consumption information on current and past energy conservation contests.

Also on the Sustainability website there is a guide to Environmentally Preferable Purchasing.


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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

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Monthly publications, called Installments, contain upcoming green events, tips on environmentally friendly practices, and other sustainability news and are placed on the inside of most bathroom stalls on campus. The installments are also published on Sustainable Bowdoin's facebook page.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Environmental Studies weekly newsletter informs the campus community about activities going on within the department.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Sr. VP of Finance and Administration sends out an annual campus wide email detailing Bowdoin's progress towards the College's commitment to carbon neutrality in 2020.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

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Sustainable Bowdoin operates a facebook page and a twitter feed in order to reach students through social media.


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

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
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