Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

College of the Atlantic
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Heather Albert-Knopp
Dean of Admission
Office of Admission
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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):

The “Environmental Commitment” section of COA's website offers extensive information on the college’s sustainability programs and efforts, including: how COA is maintaining efforts to make its buildings more energy efficient; the college’s use of renewable or sustainable energy sources such as wood pellets, wind, and solar to power the campus; how students are directly involved in international efforts to mitigate climate change; how the college reduces waste by recycling food from the cafeteria into compost; how the college recycles paper, glass, metal, cardboard and plastics; the college’s extensive use of local and organic foods in the cafeteria; and how sustainability is incorporated across the curriculum.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The student-run group Earth in Brackets maintains a blog dedicated to sustainability issues around the globe and student involvement in politics, activism, and on-the-ground projects. Recent articles include: a student discussing her work with cocoa farmers in Ghana; a reflection on diversification for sustainability in the Maine fishing industry; activism related to the Dakota Access Pipeline; and reports from student attending the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany in November 2017. http://www.earthinbrackets.org/

The bi-annual COA Magazine includes articles and reflections on sustainability projects, classes, and campus guests from the prior months. In the most recent issue authors discussed: the student-run sustainable business ReProduce; a student project installing solar panels at a school in Ghana; as well as other sustainability-oriented material.


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:

In addition to the above referenced blog/newsletter, the student-run group Earth in Brackets has both Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to international environmental policy and sustainability issues:
https://www.facebook.com/earthinbrackets/
https://twitter.com/earthinbrackets?lang=en

COA's student-run Discarded Resources Team recently started a Facebook page to educate students about waste management and recycling on campus and beyond:
https://www.facebook.com/Discard-Stories-at-COA-1525287897779080/

The Community Energy Center (CEC) has a Facebook page which posts regular updates on local sustainability efforts and shares helpful resources for the community:
https://www.facebook.com/communityenergycenter/

The student-run committee Campus Committee for sustainability, which deals in college governance especially in relation to topics and projects concerning sustainability efforts at COA, operates a Facebook page keeping the college community up-to-date on Earth Day planning, sustainability-oriented film screenings and talks, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/COACCS/


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:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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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 "News" section of COA's website is the college's primary news outlet, along with the college Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. It regularly features articles about all aspects of sustainability on campus, including a focus on student research and projects.

The bi-annual COA Magazine recaps important news and happenings from the preceding half-year, which often includes the student research focused on sustainability that is common at COA.


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 :

Signage in bathrooms across campus educate readers on water conservation issues related to the functions and infrastructure of the bathrooms. The Kathryn W. Davis Residence Village bathrooms feature informational signage about its composting toilets. Signage in the college's public bathrooms has been developed to encourage the composting of paper towels and other organic material, while also clearly discouraging the disposal of otherwise compostable or recyclable material. Energy-use and conservation signage is present throughout academic buildings on campus, including at each recycling station on each floor of each building one is present. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is integrated into the buildings on COA’s main campus, as well as at Beech Hill Farm and Peggy Rockefeller Farm. These charging stations are highlighted with signage, explaining that charging is free and indicating the available hours.


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

At each meal in the dining hall, signage indicates which menu items come from local and organic farms, and which items are vegan and vegetarian. A sustainable food systems brochure includes information about the Sustainable Food Systems academic program, the dining hall, the college’s organic farms, and the college’s commitment to utilising each of these features in tandem in order to maintain a commitment to operating within a sustainable food system. Much of the brochure content is posted on the college's website: http://www.coa.edu/sustainable-food-systems.htm


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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

The college has compiled information about alternative transportation methods on its website. These methods include bicycling, using college-owned electric vehicles, and using the college-run shuttles rather than personal cars.

COA also has solar-powered car charging stations that are used for electric vehicles, including those owned by the college and those owned by students, faculty, and staff. The charging stations are available for free, are highlighted on college map bulletin boards, are referred to on the college’s website, and are advertised to the community on occasion using the college’s central email system. The signs at each charging station explain the hours that the chargers are available.


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)? :
No

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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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 “Environmental Commitment” section of COA's website is used as the primary vehicle to inform students about sustainable practices at the college. These practices are also discussed in detail in the Community Policies Handbook, which is distributed to all incoming students at the beginning of their first term.


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:

A website was established to showcase the detailed energy audit and sustainability work done at COA's Beech Hill Farm. This website describes the on-site wind turbine, multiple student-installed solar arrays at the farm, energy audits and air sealing that were performed in the farmhouse as part of classes, tutorials, and independent studies. This information is also contained in a binder that is publically available at the Beech Hill Farm farmstand. A large framed poster at the farmstand also highlights many of these sustainability features graphically.


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