Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.75
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Duquesne University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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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):

A Responsibility to Our Future
The concept of sustainability is best expressed through the Catholic commitment to "the integrity of creation," a profound respect for and fundamental attitude of reverence toward the natural world and its interdependent realms of plant, animal and human life.

At Duquesne, we work each day to find new ways to reduce our consumption of natural resources and to promote sustainable living. Achieving the goals of sustainability—whether through green operations, construction projects, research, academic coursework or community engagement initiatives—is one of the principal ways that we have been able to transform respect for the integrity of creation into action, and honor our Catholic founding in the Spiritan tradition.

Honoring Our Spiritan Tradition
Our Spiritan heritage imparts a worldview that challenges us to embrace a deeper understanding of the world's working and accept our role as stewards who must care for creation. And as a Catholic university, in light of the recent encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si (Praised Be), we appreciate that it is not only a moral issue, but also a responsibility to confront climate change and other environmental problems and to do what we can to eliminate their causes and mitigate their effects.

The timeliness and persuasive power of Laudato Si as well as the Spiritan, Catholic mission combined to make Duquesne University the ideal environment for a conference focused on the environmental problems that confront us. Our annual Integrity of Creation Conference is a free public event that invites scholars, policy makers and concerned citizens to raise awareness, present research and foster interdisciplinary discourse on a selected topic.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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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 Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University posts sustainability information and tips, as well as sustainability and sustainability-related job and internship opportunities.


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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?:
No

A brief description of the 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 Center for Environmental Research and Education posts sustainable student research on posters around two academic buildings (Fisher Hall and Mellon Hall)


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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 :

LEED Certification Plaques as well as low-flow toilet signage exist on campus where applicable. Additionally Signage exist on hydration stations to let students know how many plastic water bottles were avoided by using each machine.


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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:

Duquesne University's Dining Services Prominently features sustainability information on their main webpage.duq


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

The Commuter Affairs office offers commuting students a number of resources including information for the campus shuttle and public transit.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

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

Duquesne University hosts information about safe biking tips/state biking laws and information about the local bike sharing system.


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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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

Duquesne University hosts a "Sustainability at Duquesne" report on their Sustainability website accessible to all members of the campus community which details campus sustainability information.


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