Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Colorado State University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Green.colostate.edu is a central website that highlights Green Initiatives at CSU. It includes information on campus sustainability representatives, leaders, and opportunities for student and research involvement. The homepage features a continually updated stream of CSU-related green news and events. It also acts as a portal and first point of contact for sustainability forums and organizations on campus.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Green Bulletin, available by email, has weekly information on sustainability events, classes, workshops, and volunteer/internship/job opportunities (on campus and within the broader Fort Collins community), as well as a number of other note-worthy events/opportunities.


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Does the institution have 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:

CURC is the "Celebrate Undergraduate Research on Campus" initiative which highlights undergraduate research through an annual publication as well as poster competition.

Through CURC, Colorado State University recognizes and honors the achievements of students in the areas of research & creativity. Students are invited to participate in a variety of events that will provide them an opportunity to showcase what they have learned through their research and creative activities.

Each year, events culminate with the CURC Showcase in April. The showcase features outstanding performers and award winners from all disciplines. Following the Showcase, an awards ceremony recognizes all participants and honored awards winners.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Buildings which are LEED certified or have exceptional green features have educational signage which highlights these features. Such buildings include the Transportation Center, the Student Center, Aspen Hall and some classrooms.

Additionally, the Green Walking Tour is a self-guided tour available to the campus community and all campus visitors of more than a dozen stops highlighting green facilities and projects on the main campus as well as several sustainability initiatives on the Foothills Campus (http://green.colostate.edu/green-walking-tour.aspx).


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

All dining facilities include table-top signage that is regularly updated with information about local food, organic options, recycling food waste, etc.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

Grounds Facilities signage indicates areas with recycled mulch and pest management practices that employ biological controls or natural substances. There is expanded signage at three locations on Campus as part of the University's Bioremediation Wetlands Projects.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Green Walking Tour traces an on-campus path that passes several of the University's LEED certified buildings and Green Laboratories and research sites. It includes information on sustainability in the dorms and dining areas.

The map also includes information on buildings and initiatives not directly on the walking route.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

The Division of Parking Services maintains several web pages that describes local transportation options such as bus lines and biking routes. It also gives information on carpooling and public programs such as Smart Trips, which promote alternative transportation options in the city of Fort Collins.

Biking: http://parking.colostate.edu/pages/Biking.aspx
Walking: http://parking.colostate.edu/pages/Walking.aspx
Carpool/Ride Share: http://parking.colostate.edu/pages/Carpool.aspx
Buses: http://parking.colostate.edu/pages/Transfort.aspx

CSU is dedicated to expanding commuter options through the recent hire of a dedicated Alternative Transportation Coordinator who will be working to expand public transportation and biking routes in and around campus as well as many other projects to encourage sustainable transportation to and on campus.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The University publishes an online guide to living green and includes links to more comprehensive guides on recycling and other options on campus.


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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 regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The Student Sustainability Center maintains a sustainability column. Any student on campus can submit an article for selection by the SSC to fill this regular column.

Additionally, the Collegian Newspaper breaks down all of its articles throughout the year into main categories available on the website so that consumers can easily orient themselves to topics of interest. There are regular additions to the Alternative Life section at the Collegian highlighting everything from updates on on-campus bike routes, to new sustainable technology from around the world.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The main source of on campus news; 'Today' tags press pieces related to sustainability and/or the environment. And the University-wide calendar flags green events with a special symbol to help users identify green events on campus.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Facilities does an annual Sustainability Report and Housing & Dining Services produces a Sustainability Brochure each year.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability has a list serve to stay up to date on sustainability news, events, announcements and other important information.

Their website: sustainability.colostate.edu is also a good source of information for many other aspects of sustainability on campus.


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