Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.59
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Sept. 23, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Bucknell University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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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):

Bucknell's sustainability website includes information on the President's Sustainability Council, Academics and Research, Energy, Water and Utilities, Food and Dining, Involvement, the University's Green Fund, our Green Buildings and Grounds, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Transportation, and Reports and Statistics.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Bucknell's Office of Campus Sustainability has a regularly distributed electronic newsletter, which contains updates of the University's sustainability initiatives, from construction projects to student work, as well as tips as to what individuals can do to live more sustainable lives.


The website URL for 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:

Bucknell's Office of Campus Sustainability has an Instagram page, a Facebook page, and a twitter. Bucknell's Center for Sustainability and the Environment has a Facebook page as well.


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?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Different stories have been written sharing the stories of the student interns in the Office of Campus Sustainability. There have also been stories the talk about programs such as the Institute of Leadership in Sustainable Technology (ILST), a summer program that allows students to discover sustainable practices in business and society. Note: The Bucknellian does provide a lot of coverage, but they do not (yet) provide regular coverage or have a reporter specifically assigned to sustainability.


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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:

The Bucknell University Environmental Center works with Bucknell's communications department to regularly feature student research on the University's news page.


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 :

Educational signage is in place at the Environmental Center and Dana Engineering Building explain the native plants gardens and green roof, as well as in our LEED Certified buildings.


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

Signage in Bostwick Dining Hall tells customers about the local and sustainable food options offered. Information displayed includes sources for local food, and information on our closed loop cooking oil system.


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 Environmental Center has signage explaining its native plants garden and the virtues of sustainable landscaping. There are signs explaining the purpose of bioswales and identifying the plant species in the bioswales.


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:

Bucknell has an Arboretum tour focused on the biodiversity of campus trees, and there is also a brochure guiding guests through sustainable backyard tour for the Environmental Center.


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:

Sustainable commuting is a part of our Green Office Program, which encourages all offices on campus to take their sustainability into their own hands. This program encourages walking, biking, carpooling, and using campus transportation options.


The website URL for 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)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Bucknell Bison Bikes has a website discussing services available to students for bike rentals. Public safety also has a website discussing the guidelines and policies related to bicycle use on campus


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?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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The website URL for 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?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Bucknell's Center for Sustainability & the Environment (BCSE) Website provides information on the Marcellus Shale Initiative. The Marcellus Shall initiative supports objective research, provides a primarily print-based publications database, and critically evaluates information related to the Marcellus Shale natural gas play. The BCSE Website provides information on the Place Studies Initiative. The Place Studies Initiative undertakes and supports research within the social sciences and environmental humanities that examines the nature and role of place in human experience. The BCSE Website provides information on the Susquehanna River Initiative. The Susquehanna River Initiative (SRI) is a major program of the BCSE to integrate research, teaching, and outreach focused on the Susquehanna River. The development of this initiative is largely funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Bucknell Facilities provides information on the environmental benefits of its co-gen power plant. In 1998 Bucknell’s power plant was converted from a conventional coal-burning facility to a co-generation power plant fueled by natural gas. The co-gen facility captures and reuses waste heat for an overall efficiency is 75-80%, which is exceptionally high compared to conventional power plants. The co-gen power plant has also led to a 40% reduction in the university’s greenhouse gas emissions. Bucknell Facilities and Office of Campus Sustainability provides information on its recycling initiatives. Bucknell began its recycling program in 1971 with cardboard and newspaper, and now recycles over 17 different materials including aluminum, metal, glass, plastic, cardboard, office paper, computers, ink jet and toner cartridges, yard waste, rubber, solvents, oil, antifreeze, batteries, furniture, fluorescent tubes, and wooden construction debris. Bucknell Office of Campus Sustainability has recently redone the recycling website, and changed sinage on bins. Bucknelll Facilities provides information on the green custodial initiatives. Bucknell's dining has a website outlining their sustainable initiatives including becoming tray less, composting, and using local food sources amongst other instated establishments.


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