Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Columbia University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Cathy Resler
Manager
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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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:

The Office of Environmental Stewardship maintains a central sustainability website the collects information, links to relevant pages at the University, and posts environmental stories, happenings, and events at the University. Additionally, the central University events calendar is kept up-to- date with environmentally related events and activities.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

A sustainability newsletter is emailed out quarterly to all members of the Columbia University community from the Senior Executive Vice President’s Office.


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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:

The Earth Institute Student Research Showcase. The Earth Institute is committed to supporting and showcasing student research in the areas of environmental and sustainable development. Every spring, the Earth Institute hosts the Student Research Showcase which provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work. All of the projects involve Columbia students who have received funding through a travel grant, internship, or research assistantship from the Earth Institute; however, all Columbia students that have undertaken research in environmental and sustainable development are invited to participate.
Additional URL: http://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/2929


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

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In some LEED certified buildings at the University, electronic signage has been added to highlight the environmental attributes of the building such as in Faculty House.


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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:

There are flat screens monitors located outside the entrance to John Jay Dining Hall that inform students as they wait in line about sustainability initiatives. Additionally there are signs at food stations and information on the Dining website about sustainable food systems, local, organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan offerings.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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

As Integrated Pest Management is employed, appropriate information and signs are displayed when needed. http://neighbors.columbia.edu/pages/manplanning/presentations/pest-control.pdf


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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:

Columbia offers a Sustainable Gardens Tour of the Morningside Campus that details the plants and greenscaping used by the University.


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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 transportation website lists many alternative transportation options to campus including by subway, train, bus, campus shuttle, and biking.


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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 Guide to Green Living is a guide written by Columbia students, for Columbia students and is hosted on the Housing website. New incoming residential students are directed to the guide for eco living tips.


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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)?:
No

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:

Sustainability activities and initiatives are reported on in the Spectator on a regular basis.


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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:

Consilience which is Columbia University’s Journal of Sustainable Development. Consilience is published twice a year once each semester in the Fall and Spring. Briefings are added throughout the year to address current topics. It is run and managed by Columbia students in conjunction with a Faculty Board (includes Jeff Sachs, Michael Gerard and Steve Cohen amongst others) who desired to build a global, online publication dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary dialogue and solution-oriented research on sustainable development amongst students, professors and practitioners.


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

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The Record regularly reports on Columbia sustainability news.


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

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Columbia Magazine regularly reports on Columbia sustainability news.


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