Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.96
Liaison Stephanie Corbett
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Case Western Reserve University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Erin Kollar
Assistant Director Sustainability
Office of Energy & 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):

CWRU's sustainability websites connects students, staff and faculty to the work being done by the Office for Sustainability on campus, sustainability resources, initiatives, events, research, education, plans and partnerships within the university as well as the local region.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

A monthly Sustainability eNewsletter is sent out by the Office for Sustainability to a subscribed campus and community member listserv of over 2000 people.


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 Office for Sustainability hosts Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to connect with the CWRU community about sustainability and disseminate sustainability-related information


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?:
Yes

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

The Observer, CWRU's student newspaper, regularly produces pieces on sustainability.


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:

The Summer Undergraduate Summer Research in Energy and Sustainability (SURES) produces a abstract book annually highlighting each student's work, and highlight's those projects in the office of undergraduate research's annual abstract summary. All SURES student work is also shared at several poster sessions throughout the year.


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 :

The Village @ 115, the University's first LEED project, with two certifications, Gold and Silver has signage sharing the site's LEED status and features. Subsequent LEED building projects have educational interpretative signage integrated by the design team. Two Sustainability Ambassadors are working on additional signage to further highlight green features of our LEED certified 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:

Bon Appetit, the university's onsite food vendor, has robust signage in several campus restaurants detailing the Farm to Fork program and the benefits of local food. They frequently utilize table tents, framed large wall signage and specific prepared food labels highlighting farm and farmer information, as well as permanent signage integrated into cafes sharing information about local farms.


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?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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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:

A brochure containing a map with a sustainability project implementation key are utilized to give tours. This information will be replicated on the sustainability Web site in the near future. The map and brochure are also in the process of being revised and improved.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

A new neighborhood multi-modal collaborative Website is available that recommends alternative transportation options. Information on the commuter advantage program for faculty and staff and the student U-pass program are provided by the Access Services department. The Office for Sustainability website also highlights sustainable transportation options: http://case.edu/sustainability/what-were-doing/greening-transportation/.
Additionally an area bike map is provided.


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:

In collaboration with Heights Bicycle Coalition and Bike Shaker, CWRU Office of Sustainability published a waterproof Bicycle Map of Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and University Heights. The map highlights roads as recommended for different cyclists' skill levels and notes bike shops, shopping, libraries, schools and other locations of interest. The Office for Sustainability also recorded brief lectures from several local cycling experts and has made those available on our website for viewing: https://case.edu/sustainability/whatyoucando/cwru-transit-perks/


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 housing facilities department launched a green room certification checklist which guides students on sustainability lifestyle choices and how to green their dorm rooms.This certification has been reviewed by Sustainability Ambassadors for future improvement.


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?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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