Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.42
Liaison Darcy Everett
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 P Brian Fisher
CSO/Executive Director
Sustainability
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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 Center for Sustainable Development maintains an engaged digital presence on social media and through online publications, such as our monthly newsletter and student-driven story-telling platform and blog known as Synergies. You can follow the Center for Sustainability on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (look for @SustainCofC).

Our social media platforms allow us to directly engage with Cougar students and campus partners and provide timely, visually driven information on events, projects and Center activities.

Our monthly newsletter, The Resilient Advocate, is targeted toward faculty, staff and executive leadership. This focused, well-designed piece is emailed to relevant stakeholders and advertises new initiatives, successes, upcoming events and progress on major initiatives including the Quality Enhancement Plan. Finally, a student-organized and driven blogosphere called Synergies is a hub for creative content, graphic design, podcasts and testimonials produced by Center interns. You can check out Synergies content online at https://synergies.cofc.edu.


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

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

Through the Green Fee, the Center for Sustainable Development and ECollective Student Project Committee helped provide additional water bottle refill stations on campus -- complete with signage on the importance of resusable materials and how Cougar students might bring a sustainability project to life with financial resources like the Green Fee.

The university also features a vast array of educational signage informing students, faculty and staff on the importance of turning off lights to conserve energy; recyclable or compostable waste; and gender neutral bathrooms. You can read about this latest initiative online at http://gender-sexuality-equity.cofc.edu/campus-resources/gender-neutral-facilities.php).

Additionally, to promote the Quality Enhancement Plan and engage our community on this year's sustainability theme (food security), the Center for Sustainable Development and the university's Marketing leadership supported the design and production of several campus yard signs featuring quick facts and quotes relevant to the campus-wide conversation around food security, as well as a web link for more information and avenues for action.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The linked map details recycling locations on campus, in addition to student gardens, bike repair stations and bike racks and gender neutral bathrooms. You can view the interactive map on our website at http://sustainability.cofc.edu/resources/index.php.


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:

Center for Sustainable Development students, faculty and staff distribute zero waste brochures to residents on campus, which outline what materials or products can and cannot be recycled, trashed or composted.

This guide features helpful visuals and clear guidance on recycling best practices, and it includes information on how a student can rent a recycling bin for his/her/their dorm room from the Center.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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