Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.38
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Denison University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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 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:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

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.


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:

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 focused on sustainability:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

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:
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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 ENVS Program hosts research presentations on a semesterly and class-by-class basis whereby the campus community is invited to participate.

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

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.


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:

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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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:

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.

We also have signage for our constructed wetlands and signage for other natural areas on campus.

Spring of 2016, two faculty developed a project with their students to create bee hotels/sculptures on campus that combined work from studio art and biology.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

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.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable 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 and promotes the local bus/shuttle option offered by Licking County Transit.


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)? :
No

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

N/A


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:

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.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

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.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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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