Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.21
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2022

STARS v2.2

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?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Newsletter has been a 2-3 page quarterly publication. It is developed by the Director of Sustainability 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.

In Spring 2022, The Office of Sustainability hired a student Communications Intern and the GreenSheet newsletter morphed into a digital format distributed by email to the campus community.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

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.

Across campus in areas where we have created Grow Zones (No-Mow) and Wildflower Plantings - we have signage indicating these features.

We have signage by our constructed wetland used for storm-water retention.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

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.


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or 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 green living guide is on Denison's internal MyDenison website: https://my.denison.edu/campus-resources/sustainability/news-and-announcements/green-living-guide

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

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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