Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.62
Liaison Teshome Molalenge
Submission Date Sept. 17, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Bridgewater College
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Teshome Molalenge
Director of Community Engagement and Sustainability
Center for Engaged Learning
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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:

The website has critical information on campus sustainability efforts, including coordination and planning, education and research, operations, how the community can get involved and a virtual photo tour of campus sustainability initiatives.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

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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 BC chapters of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater's scholastic honor society, and Alpha Chi, a national collegiate honor society, provide opportunities to publish and disseminate student research, including sustainability. The Virginia Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi, hosts an opportunity each spring for original student research in any academic discipline. Presentations are given during a convocation program, generally in late April.

Additional research on sustainability:

1. 2010: Priscilla Fisher (Environmental Science; with Drs. Gavin Lawson and Tim Kreps), "Monitoring Aquatic Communities in Constructed Wildlife Pools."

2. 2012: Amanda Field (Biology; with Dr. Kimberly Bolyard), "The Influence of Riparian Buffers on Fishes in Freshwater Streams Inside and Outside the George Washington National Forest"


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

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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:

Signage is placed on the counter in the main dining hall servery area when local food is being served. In 2011, we promoted the use of locally grown produce and locally bred meat. In 2012 and 2013, we served spinach produced by the campus organic garden.


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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?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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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)?:
Yes

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:

A student writes articles on sustainability related topics, such as renewable energy, energy conservation, sustainable dining, sustainability differences between the U.S. and India and other topics in the student-run newspaper, VERITAS, on a regular basis.


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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:

In 2011, the campus chapter of the New Community Project (NCP) launched a student-run program called Think Outside the Bottle (TOTB), to reduce the use of bottled water on campus. The campaign included petitioning faculty, staff and students to end the use of plastic water bottles on campus. TOTB is also supported by the Ultimate Environmental Task Force.

In 2012, the Ultimate Environmental Task Force (UETF), celebrated America Recycles Day, by placing handmade cardboard recycling containers on campus grounds to encourage recycling.


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

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We have posted up-to-date recycling reference guidelines in every building on campus to inform students, faculty and staff about the recycling program. The guidelines include detailed information on what is recyclable, along with contact information for support and instruction.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
No

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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):
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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