Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.92
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Bowdoin College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter No
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Bowdoin's Sustainablility website provides information regarding Bowdoin's Carbon Nuetrality Pledge, Bowdoin's energy approach, green campus initiatives, research and educaton opportunitites, ways to get involved and contact information from staff members.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
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.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Sustainability Office and their student employees regularly provide content to both a Sustainable Bowdoin Facebook page and a Sustainable Bowdoin Instagram site. Sustainable Bowdoin Facebook page advertises any relevant green events on campus and highlights any sustainable student initiatives or activities occurring. Sustainable Bowdoin Instagram account mainly posts pictures of students participating in sustainable activities.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Bowdoin/118256931522240?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/sustainablebowdoin/


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The website offers both the environmental and sustainability related research opportunities and summaries of past research projects. The full research projects are housed at Bowdoin's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.


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

Five buildlings on Bowdoin's campus have LEED certified placards that indicate their respective LEED level of certification. The Peter Buck Fitness Center and the Watson Arena both have educational posters in their lobbies detailing the five main areas where LEED credits were received.
http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/green-bowdoin/green-building.shtml http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/pdf/WatsonLeedPoster.pdf http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/pdf/buck-fitness-leed-poster_24x36_final.pdf


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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 hall labels all vegetarian, vegan, organic and local food dishes. Dining services also maintains a bulletin board within each dining hall that displays information about sustainability, local eating and healthy eating habits.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

Bowdoin places signs on areas that have been treated with an organic fertilizer program stating that the treatment is fully safe for children and pets.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

It is a map with a guide that highlights 18 different campus sustainability features.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

The Sustainability page provides information about carpooling, campus shuttles and the Yellow Bike Club.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Bowdoin has numerous trails near campus as well as at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center. With help from the Gibbons Fellowship and Bowdoin College Information Technology, Bowdoin students have produced two maps along with descriptions of the various trails. Bowdoin has also produced a detailed map of the trails at the Coastal Studies Center. Some of the trails can be accessed by bicyclists, while all are available for pedestrians. Bowdoin Security also provides safety information on their Bicycles webpage about all of Maine's biking laws as well as ordinances pertaining to bicycles and skateboards in the town of Brunswick. All are linked below:
https://www.bowdoin.edu/it-Original/pdf/trailguide.pdf
https://www.bowdoin.edu/orientation/pdf/bowdointrailguide1.pdf
https://www.bowdoin.edu/coastal-studies-center/facilities/pdf/bowdoin-csc-interpretive-trail-guide.pdf
http://www.bowdoin.edu/security/bicycles/


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The "Green Bowdoin" tab of the Sustainability website provides energy saving tips, waste reduction tips, lists of environmentally sound products from the Bowdoin bookstore, and green transportation tips.
http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/green-bowdoin/energy-conservation.shtml
http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/green-bowdoin/reducing-our-waste.shtml
http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/green-bowdoin/composting-food-waste.shtml


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

"The Installment", a monthly publication placed inside all bathroom stalls, contains upcoming green events, tips on environmentally friendly practices, and any other relevant sustainability news.


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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 (2nd material):

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


The website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd 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):
No

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No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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