Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Becky Haney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gail Heffner
Dir. of Comm. Engagement
Provost's Office
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:
Yes

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

A Watershed Restoration Initiative of Calvin College (Plaster Creek Stewards) publishes a newsletter twice a year.


Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Our LEED certified Gold Bunker Interpretive Center highlights the green building features. Van Reken Hall has signage for the sustainabile landscaping surrounding the building. The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) posts signs explaining energy saving measures associated with the CERF project implemented across a variety of campus facilities.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Bunker Interpretive Center has a sustainable walking map for surrounding areas.


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/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Campus Sustainability Guide provides ideas for incorporating sustainability in everyday student and campus life. The table of contents are listed below:
-Why should we at Calvin College care about the environment?
-What does it mean to live sustainably?

Are you living a sustainable life?

What can you do?

ReTHINK your waste
ReTHINK your energy useage
ReTHINK how you get from place to place
ReTHINK your water consumption
ReTHINK your food
How can you get involved?

What has Calvin College already done?

https://calvin.edu/about/sustainability/get-involved/campus-sustainability-guide/


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Plaster Creek Stewards is a Calvin College based watershed restoration initiative that connects members of the campus community with residents of the Grand Rapids community. Regular news items are published on this website.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This information was gathered through interviews with Dr. Gail Heffner, Director of Community Engagement, and through emails to the college newspaper and the head of Physical Plant.

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