Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability 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:

The Office of Sustainability sends out a monthly electronic newsletter to a growing subscription base. It advertises sustainability-related events that are happening on campus for each month with a description of what that event is. The newsletter also shares the latest Colgate Sustainability News and highlights student and organizational achievements. The Newsletter is created through EMMA and sent to community members via email. Currently, over 1,000 individuals receive and read our newsletter.

The Office of Sustainability also writes a monthly article to include in our faculty and staff newsletter (Open Gate). This helps to inform the faculty and staff what Colgate is doing to become more sustainable.


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

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

The university’s Benton Hall received LEED Platinum Certification through the United States Green Building Council and was awarded New York State's Green Building of the Year on December 5, 2019. The building has an interactive panel that displays energy and resource consumption in Benton Hall and in eight of Colgate's residence halls. The building also contains a LEED-certified plaque similar to Colgate's other LEED-certified buildings on campus.

Trudy Fitness Center, another LEED-certified building at Colgate, has information at the front desk highlighting the buildings green technologies. Additionally, Trudy's green features have been highlighted in university publications including Colgate's top publication (Colgate Scene) and in blogs. Also, Colgate students created a video highlighting the green features of the building shortly after it opened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tU-o-SzYg80#!.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The sustainability interactive map highlights the various projects on campus that further the mission of sustainability. Each of the sites features a brief description of the sustainability features offered by the site and provides guests with an overview of our initiatives.
Link to campus map:
https://www.colgate.edu/about/maps-travel/campus-map


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/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Colgate's website includes a section for students on how they can reduce their individual environmental impact. The guide includes details on paper usage, light bulbs, electricity use, water use, and appliances.

An example of how we communicate this information on our website:
https://www.colgate.edu/about/campus-services-and-resources/waste-minimization-and-recycling.


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

Colgate's Environmental Studies Program publishes a newsletter each week. It lists ENST course offerings and opportunities, upcoming events, articles from ENST faculty, and information about sustainability at Colgate and beyond.

The State of Sustainability Report is published in order to outline Colgate's climate action plan to become carbon neutral by 2019.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data and information collected by Pamela Gramlich, assistant director of sustainability, 2016 - 2022.

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