Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Denison University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
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 Yes
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 No
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 hosts information about the University’s commitment to Sustainability, Campus Sustainability Committee, Student Campaigns, Campus Sustainability Audit, Buildings and Grounds, Recycling and Waste, Dining and Food, Education and Research, and Campus Initiatives. The website is maintained and developed by both the Sustainability Coordinator and University Communications.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Newsletter is a 2-3 page quarterly publication. It is developed by the Sustainability Coordinator and published electronically as a PDF. Links to newsletters are sent via campus email and an archive is maintained on the Sustainability website.

Typically Newsletters have the following components:

1) Listing of upcoming sustainability-related events
2) Quotes related to sustainability
3) A general article relating to some aspect of sustainability
4) A feature on a Denison community member and their efforts to be more sustainable and/or lead efforts on campus
5) A feature on a student group, academic department, and or campus office and what they are doing to be more sustainable
6) Links to jobs and internships related to sustainability
7) Updates on events that have already occurred or will occur on campus.
8) A Q & A Section related to general questions and concerns that people have on campus about sustainability.


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

The Office of Sustainability maintains the Go Green Big Red Facebook page and DUSustain Twitter Account.

The Campus Sustainability Fellows maintain the Denison Sustainability Fellows Facebook page and Twitter Account.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

All summer student research on campus is presented in a series of open poster presentations at the beginning of the academic year. Students doing independent research and senior research also present in formal presentations within their respective departments.

Senior research is archived in the Denison Library.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Both Barney-Davis Hall (Renovated 1996) and Cleveland Hall (Renovated 2009 to LEED Gold Standards) have signage that indicates the sustainable practices used in various components of the building.

Chamberlin Hall, Trumbull Natatorium, and the Mitchell Center all of which are LEED Gold have limited signage about green features.


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

Bon Appetit and its staff develop signage for dining areas and catered events that highlight local, organic, and sustainable foods that are being served. These signs often highlight the local farms and producers who provide the food or ingredient.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

Denison implemented no-mow areas in the Spring of 2015. These areas are called "Grow Zones" and include signage about the ecological benefit of not cutting the grass.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Self-Guided Sustainability Walking Tour of campus highlights ten sites on campus that are focal points for Denison's sustainability initiatives. These include: Community Garden, Dining Halls, Composting Site, Solar Panels, Barney-Davis Hall (Home of the ENVS Program), Bryant Arts Center (LEED Gold), Office of Sustainability, Recycling Barn, The Homestead (Alternative Living for Students), and The Biological Reserve.


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

We have an online (not public access) ride board for students to use. The Office of Sustainability also maintains a site by which faculty and staff can be linked up with each other to form carpool groups.

Denison also utilizes Enterprise CarShare on campus.


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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

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

A university is defined by the students, and the students define the values of a university. At Denison, there is a plethora of different ways undergraduates can become involved in creating an environmentally conscious community. Many of these ways include lifestyle choices. The Office of Sustainability lists on its website the ways students can live more sustainably on campus.


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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:

Each year a student reporter is assigned sustainability as a topic. Generally the weekly paper will run sustainability-related articles 5-6 times a year.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The Environmental Studies Program produces a newsletter, entitled Environmental Issues each semester that details research and events surrounding the program. Much of content is related to sustainability issues and themes.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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