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Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dalhousie University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Grace Okpala
Sustainability Project Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed No
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The website is home to all issues relating to sustainability at Dalhousie. The website is broken down into a main homepage which lists recent news and highlights in the world of sustainability at Dal. The site offers a list of sustainable policies, publications and sustainability programs (including Dalhousie's very own 'Rethink Program'; ways to get involved; news and events, and external links of interest. Here you can find Dalhousie's recently approved University Sustainability Operations Plan. Each of the links on the main homepage have sub-links that further expand and provide additional information relating to issues of sustainability.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Newsletter describes current and key events that are happening at Dalhousie regarding sustainability. Users can also subscribe via email to get a sustainability newsletter emailed to them.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability has Facebook and Twitter pages where information on campus sustainability is shared to students and employees.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

One method is via the class ENVS 3502. In this course the campus serves as a living laboratory for identifying, evaluating and assessing indicators of progress toward greater campus sustainability. Working in groups, students apply problem solving models to case studies using qualitative and quantitative research methods and make recommendations for improvements on campus based on their analyses. A conference is then held, open to the public, where presentations are made regarding student's research.


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

Mona Campbell building has a self-directed green building tour with green building signage throughout the building.

• cistern to collect nonpotable water and low flow fixtures – signs in bathrooms
• 85 heat pumps to recirculate heat from different parts of the building – sign
• high-efficiency lighting with sensors that detect when a room is in use or not –sign
• FSC-certified maple paneling – sign on the FSC paneling
• "OptiNet" air quality sensors that measure humidity, carbon dioxide and small particles – signs near optinet sensors
• recycling and organics bins on each floor – sign near bins
• "Bubbledeck" technology used, a construction method that uses fewer materials and energy than traditional methods – sign and sample on first floor
• "green" roof, planted with drought-resistant sedum and grasses – sign by window looking at green roof
• solar wall, about 200 metres square, to preheat ventilation air – sign near solar wall


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

Food services provides sustainability signage in residence halls and across campus identifying fair trade and local products.

http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/ca/dalhousie/sustainability/localeatingdietaryconcerns.htm


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The tour is 30 minutes – 1 hour and has up to 10 sites on the tour that weaves throughout the campus. The Tour covers:

1. LSC – $30 million sustainability retrofit (solar panel stop and other green building features);
2. New water fountains in Chemistry building;
3. Unique green building features in Mona Campbell including bubble deck display;
4. Oldest tree on campus – behind Shirreff Hall
5. Food gardens on Seymour Street and behind computer science building
6. Idle-free and ride share signs – Dentistry loop
7. Highest energy and water consuming buildings – discussion at the Tupper building – along with the opportunity for solar
8. We car – car share station on carelton campus
9. Campus Bike Centre
10. New lighting upgrades/Idea building sexton campus


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

Dalhousie has a sustainable transportation plan that promotes the use of alternative methods of transportation such as the metro bus system and cycling. Also included in the Office of Sustainability website is a page dedicated to sustainable modes of transportation.

http://office.sustainability.dal.ca/Files/Sustainable_Transportation_May_20101.pdf
http://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/smart-trip.html


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Office of Sustainability implemented a pilot bike box for cycling positioning at intersections. Also there is a campus bike center that runs programs such as bike tune-ups and promotes efforts on campus with educational signage.

http://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/smart-trip/active-transport.html


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

The Campus Green Guide. Dalhousie University go-to for sustainable and green living resources. This guide contains important information for living a sustainable lifestyle. Guide provides practical advice on how to live a sustainable lifestyle that can be used by a variety of audiences.


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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:

Regular coverage on all topics pertaining to sustainability occurs in the student newspaper, the Dalhousie Gazette.


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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The Dalhousie News is the main university news source that features sustainability articles on a regular basis.


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