Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 39.55
Liaison Jaclynn Maahs
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Concordia College - Moorhead
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Brett Drevlow
STARS Intern
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 central sustainability website features Concordia's energy utility dashboard, information about past and current initiatives, a membership list and contact information for the President's Sustainability Council, a project submission form, and relevant announcements, such as any open applications for Eco-Representatives, EcoHouse, and others.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The newsletter is developed and shared with the campus community on a monthly basis, covering the primary actions of the college in regards to sustainability within the time period.


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:

Concordia College Office of Sustainability uses Facebook for its social media platform. Posts are made generally regularly from the office. Several student organizations and programs of the Office of Sustainability also hold social media platforms that post about campus sustainability regularly.


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:

Due to student interest, sustainability is featured in the weekly student newspaper, the Concordian, nearly every issue. There is one section in the opinions that does regularly cover sustainability.


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:

The Student Government Association's Sustainability Fund program encourages student research on sustainability, including assistance with funds and finding a suitable research mentor.

Student research can be shared with the community at the Celebration of Student Scholarship event in the spring. The Celebration of Student Scholarship is a day-long event honoring student research, scholarship, and creative experiences. This year’s event will take place on April 9, 2014, and will celebrate the variety and quality of scholarly work completed by students at Concordia. Events include paper presentations, poster sessions, music and theatre performances, an alumni panel, and an awards reception.


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 :

The soon to be opened, newly renovated Integrated Science Center will feature a sustainability kiosk on each floor. The kiosks will highlight green building features, along with sustainability news within the building and campus.


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:

Labels in the dining area quickly and visually identify food that is vegetarian, as well as signage for locally sourced food. Dining Services also hosts a number of themed "local food meals" with signage and information about where the products were grown and harvested.


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 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 is posted educating the campus and greater community on the snowmelt filtration pond located on campus.


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:

Concordia has a feature set through ArcGIS that highlights sustainability features on campus. three is no direct tour guide, however, all of the information and geographical locations are included on this map, which is found directly on the sustainability webpage.


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?:
No

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

While Concordia does not have a comprehensive guide for commuters, two guides are available at Campus Information at the Knutson Campus Center, one with routes and timetables for the local MATbus (free to ride for Concordia students, faculty, and staff), as well as a bicycle transportation map and guide for the area.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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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:

Through BikeMN, Concordia has several educational materials for cyclists and pedestrians, including common bike routes, bike safety and MN bike laws, and COBBike information guides.


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 Green Room certification provides steps for students to incorporate sustainable living on campus. Student that meet different levels of sustainable living get a label on their door showing their level of sustainable living.


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:

In conjunction with MinnKota Recycling, Concordia has recycling guides posted around campus and available online to assist with education the campus community on recyclable materials.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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