Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.19
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of 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):

The sustainability website is part of the college's institutional site. It is maintained by the an intern in the Office of Sustainability/Communications.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Colorado College has multiple platforms where is provides sustainability news. The Office of Sustainability sends out a email newsflashes several times per week, providing information on Office activities and sustainability-related lectures and events on campus. Additionally, an environmental newsletter is published monthly that updates students on global environmental news and campus sustainability news.


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 Colorado College Office of Sustainability manages an Instagram and Facebook page, providing updates on local, national, global and campus sustainability progress and initiatives. The interns of the Office of Sustainability also utilize the office Instagram to send out easy tips to be more sustainable.


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 communications intern working both in the Office of Sustainability and the Communications Office publishes articles in the student-run newspaper, The Catalyst, at least once every block. The Office of Sustainability has started a wordpress to compile these Catalyst publications in a central location.


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:

Colorado College disseminates faculty research on its website, including a section based exclusively on research from the Environmental Program. Furthermore, its State of the Rockies Project offers students a valuable opportunity to explore many of the environmental issues affecting the region while gaining hands on field and research experience.


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 :

There is signage highlighting green building features in both LEED-certified buildings on campus, the Russell T. Tutt Science Center and the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. There is also signage highlighting the solar panels installed onto the roof of the Edith Gaylord Apartments. In the Adam F. Press Fitness center, there are TV monitors that display the daily generation of renewable energy that is occurring in the building.


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:

The College's food service provider, Bon Appetit, has signage and educational materials posted in dining areas related to sustainable food systems. All trash, compost, and recycling receptacles include signage that informs people of what items go in each bin.


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:

Signage highlighting the College's non-potable irrigation systems and pervious parking areas is posted on the grounds. In addition, there is signage at the Hulbert Center, the Southwest Studies building, describing the contents of its native plant garden.


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:

The office of sustainability offers walking tours and a virtual tours to educate students about the sustainability of our campus. During the walking tours we inform students about the energy efficiency of campus buildings, highlight past accomplishments in sustainability, and explain our current initiatives to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our campus. The virtual tour on the college website provides a more in depth explanation of sustainability on campus including a real time calculator of energy usage in each building.


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:

Colorado College outlines various modes of alternative transportation on the Sustainability website, including shuttle services, and mass transit through Safe Ride and the CCAT. The Bike Co-op encourages students to ride bikes by providing free help and repair, and discounted bikes for sale.


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 main avenue on campus, Cascade Avenue has bike and pedestrian friendly crosswalks providing lights for student safety and easier navigation. Paved pathways are available for students biking as well as bike lanes on surrounding streets around the college. The bike co-op provides education about fixing bikes and bike maintenance, while the bike share provides bikes for rental at CC. There is signage encouraging bicyclists to use U-locks in many locations across campus to prevent bike theft.


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:

Colorado Collegee has an "Eco-Residential Assistant program" which was enacted to involve RA's in encouraging students to adopt sustainable lifestyles. RA's work with the Office of Sustainability to plans ways to reduce waste and consumption in Residence Halls. Through this program RA's have also began to encourage residents to partake in the Colorado College Green Room Certification Program where students can improve the sustainability of their dorm room to receive a certification and prizes.


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:

Colorado College students publish, "The Crunchy Grind" which in a monthly environmental newsletter. In the newsletter, national and international news relating to environmental science, policy, and sustainability are included . Campus sustainability events and updates are also included.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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