Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kirstie Tedrick
Sustainability Coordinator
Housing & Dining Services
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:
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 noteworthy events and opportunities. This newsletter is put together by the Student Sustainability Center, encouraging active involvement with the student body regarding sustainability.

Sustainability-focused departments and clubs around campus host social media platforms, serving as hubs for sustainability education, outreach, or promoting events.
Many of the sustainability-focused student organizations on campus host social media accounts to spread information about their events and missions. CSU’s main accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube) also do takeover events in which sustainability organizations can reach a larger audience.

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

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
Buildings which are LEED-certified or other third-party recognition have educational signage which highlights these features. The Pavilion at Laurel Village, which was CSU's first LEED Platinum building, features a 3D model of the building with an interactive touch screen that allows students and visitors to explore more than 20 innovative sustainability features including a katabatic tower, two-story living wall, student-run bike repair shop, and much more.

The Pollinator Garden outside of the Clark Building, put in place in 2017, features signage to indicate its role in maintaining healthy pollinator communities on campus. The signs also serve as an educational tool for students, staff, and visitors about the importance of pollinator gardens to support native pollinator species. The Clark Building is centrally located on CSU's campus and many students attend classes within the building. The highly visible location of this pollinator garden make it an excellent opportunity to educate a large number of CSU staff, faculty, and students. Similar signs are in place at pollinator gardens located elsewhere on campus.

The Campus Arboretum Committee received funding in 2021 from the President's Sustainability Commission to place interpretive signage at 15 Notable Campus Trees. Signs around campus inform about the significance of various trees on campus, such as historic trees up to 140 years old and tree species.

Inclusivity signs on campus lactation rooms, all-gender restrooms, and meditation rooms indicate inclusive spaces and increase accessibility for those who utilize the spaces. CSU maintains an All-Gender Restroom map marking all locations of on-campus all-gender restrooms to further their accessibility, as well as a layer on Campus Maps showing inclusive access features on campus.

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
The Green Walking Tour traces an on-campus path that passes more than twenty of the University's sustainable sites including LEED-certified buildings, solar arrays, pollinator garden, and green laboratories and research sites. It includes information on sustainability in the halls and dining centers as well. The Green Walking Tour is a self-guided tour available to the campus community and all campus visitors. The tour also includes information on buildings and initiatives on the CSU Foothills Campus. This tour is available in a virtual format, which provides options that increase accessibility. Users can take this tour remotely or can follow along while physically on campus. During Earth Month and other major visit weekends, the tour is offered in-person.

In this same format, CSU offers virtual tours of Fort Collins, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, and CSU Tree Campus USA. These can also be used as a self-guided tour or an accessible way to experience the Fort Collins area and CSU's campus.

As an additional resource, the online campus map (http://maps.colostate.edu) has the ability to toggle on/off layers that display LEED buildings, solar PV arrays, EV Charging stations, alternative transportation, and inclusive resources like all-gender restrooms, lactation rooms, commuter showers, and meditation spaces.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
CSU Housing and Dining Services maintains the Living Green Guide, categorizing specific actions students can take to live more sustainably on campus into four categories: Alternative Transportation, Energy & Water Conservation, Waste Reduction, and Involvement. Students can access this guide via the HDS website. Within this guide, tips and information about biking on campus, accessing public transportation, waste sorting guides, food security, and links to student organization involvement can be found.

The EcoLeaders program for the residence halls also provides peer-to-peer education on sustainability specific to residential life. During this program, EcoLeaders promote sustainability in the residence halls through events, social media takeovers, and peer interactions.

Incoming students receive email communications prior to their arrival on campus to help them make sustainable choices regarding what to bring to campus. Within these emails, students can find a packing list, tips on energy-efficient appliances, where to rent items, and more.

On-campus students also receive a monthly email newsletter, CAMunity, relating to residential life. Within these newsletters, a sustainability intern with HDS prepares a sustainability related story or informational tips.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
The main source of on-campus news, 'SOURCE', allows readers to directly find sustainability related news by tagging sustainability and environmental stories or press-releases. Green.colostate.edu has a feed to pull in all new sustainability stories on the homepage to help increase access and awareness. Additionally, the University-wide calendar flags green events with a special leaf symbol to help users identify green events on campus. http://calendar.colostate.edu/

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