Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Carleton College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alexandra Miller
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Energy and Sustainability
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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):

Carleton's sustainability website compiles information about Carleton's campus sustainability initiatives and communicates ways in which students and faculty/staff can get involved. The website home page includes a blog and events listing where current news is highlighted. We are currently under a review and redevelopment of our website.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

On the sustainability website home page, Sustainability Assistants (STA's) update the Carleton community with blog postings that highlight up-to-date news about campus sustainability initiatives and outreach programs. The Environmental Studies department publishes a weekly newsletter including information on sustainability-related events, grant applications, jobs/internships and other similar opportunities. This newsletter is distributed to both Environmental Studies majors and non-majors who express interest in staying informed.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

The sustainability office has a Facebook page that is regularly updated to provide information on sustainability at Carleton. During Climate Action Week the sustainability office maintains a Twitter account to keep the campus community apprised of upcoming events and energy/water competition standings.


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:

Carleton has current campus sustainability issues featured occasionally in The Carletonian, the main student newspaper.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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:

Student research on topics related to sustainability are compiled on the "comps" page of Carleton's Environmental Studies program. Comps is a year-long research project conducted by all Carleton seniors.
Student research can also be posted to the Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative's resources page, which compiles multiple sources of local sustainability and environmental efforts. Website: http://northfieldsustainability.org/resources/


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 :

Carleton College's newest residences, Cassat and James Hall, have interactive digital signage in their lobbies that allow visitors to view energy consumed by each floor or suite, energy produced by the buildings' solar PV and solar thermal arrays, and other green features of these LEED Gold buildings.


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

Carleton College's food provider, Bon Appetit, provides brochures on their sustainable food practices which they place as a centerpiece on every table in the cafeteria. Similar signage exists in the servery where Bon Appetit highlights foods that are local, humanly produced, fair trade, and/or organic.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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:

There are signs around campus in which the Grounds crew or Arboretum have converted previously landscaped or agricultural land back to native vegetation. The grounds crew also posts signs about sustainable corn-based forms of fertilizer used on campus turf grass.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

This map highlights just a few of our visible projects.


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:

Carleton Campus Services department maintains a web page dedicated to alternative methods of transportation for local transit (around Northfield) as well as for regional transit options (Airport, Twin Cities, etc.)


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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:

The sustainability webpage contains information on local biking opportunities including bike collectives. There is access to campus maps and an arboretum map through the Arboretum Office website.


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?:
Yes

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

The Carleton Sustainability website includes a "Sustainability How-To" page.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Carleton sustainability office provides incoming freshman with a "Green Guide" which highlights tips on green living and opportunities to get involved in sustainable campus initiatives and extra-curricular groups.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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