Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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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 sustainability newsletter is managed by a student intern in the Center for Sustainability Education. It is a bi-weekly e-publication produced in MailChimp and is distributed to an actively managed list of over 1,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and sustainability partners. The newsletter provides current information about sustainability events, programs, opportunities, job opportunities and achievements. Users can subscribe to the newsletter in a variety of ways and campaigns are conducted every semester to encourage subscriptions.


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

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

The Center for Sustainable Living (Treehouse), Althouse Hall, Waidner Admissions House, the Rector Science Complex (James and Stuart Halls), and the Durden Athletic Training Center, all LEED gold certified, have multiple signs in the buildings to showcase green building features. Althouse has additional signage that details its LEED score. Green building features are also highlighted online, and full LEED submission reports are available for review. Special new signage was installed in 2019 in our LEED Platinum High Street Residence Hall. This highlights many of the building design, construction, and operational highlights that make this building very sustainable.

We also have a campus-wide sustainability signage program that includes features such as edible landscaping, solar power, biking, electric car charging stations, bioswales, sustainable landscapes, water-filling stations etc. These are located at over 15 locations across campus.

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Sustainability "Green Tours" of campus are provided by the Admissions Department in partnership with the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) staff and student interns. These are an official visit option, available by request and on a regular schedule. Special tour programs are also offered for a variety of events including alumni weekend, admissions days, and Family Weekend. A sustainability walking tour of the Dickinson Organic Farm is offered by student farmers and farm staff. A podcast for the farm tour is available online, as is a google map of all sustainability projects, programs and locations.

Our campus sustainability map with all features is available here:

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:

Our Eco-Reps website is a major online resource for students, especially during move-in, orientation, and the first-year experience. This online resource provides students with ways to conserve energy, tips for green living, and ways to pack/purchase more sustainably when starting at Dickinson. This site houses our Green Guide available for online viewing or download. This information and links is provided in newsletters distributed from the Office of Residence Life, and in e-mailings to incoming students and families each summer.


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

Dickinson’s comprehensive annual Sustainability Report highlights important achievements of the past year and the backdrop from which they emerged. This publication is produced both a print (limited) and electronic publication.

The overarching goal of our sustainability initiative is to create a learning environment that prepares our students to participate in creating an equitable, environmentally aware and sustainable society. This reports highlights that progress and outcomes.


Additional documentation to support the submission:

Dickinson is committed to sharing the latest news, opportunities, and events related to sustainability and supports a broad-spectrum approach of inclusive ways to reach our diverse audiences. We employ students to work solely on sustainability outreach for the college and community. We support publications, blogs, a sustainability newsletter, signage, and extensive web resources to diversify sustainability at Dickinson.

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