Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Connecticut State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Daniel Simpson
Environmental Intern
Institute for Sustainable Energy
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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):

Eastern has a central sustainability website, "Sustainability at Eastern." From this page visitors can navigate to webpages which provide information on Eastern's sustainability practices, organizations and initiatives. The linked pages include the President's climate commitment, information about Eastern's Green buildings and Grounds policies, our sustainability focused academics and internship programs, paths to student engagement, recycling, dining and residential life, members and meeting notes of the Green Campus Committee, and information on the Institute for Sustainable Energy.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Green Campus Committee sends out multiple eNews updates throughout the year to keep faculty staff and students informed on the latest sustainability projects and actions on and off campus.
Additionally, every year the Environmental Earth Science Department at Eastern publishes a Newsletter in which the activities of the Sustainable Energy Science Dept. and its Chair, Dr. Torcellini are prominently featured.
http://www.easternct.edu/environmentalearthscience/category/newsletters/


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 Environmental Club at Eastern maintains a twitter page and instagram account which keep students and staff updated on the latest sustainability activities and actions.

For the Environmental Club's twitter page please visit:
https://twitter.com/Eastern_EC


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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 Environmental Earth Science Department at Eastern publishes a Yearly Newsletter in which the Student Research Projects of the Sustainable Energy Science Dept. are prominently featured.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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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:

At Eastern the Dining Hall is contracted through Chartwells. Chartwells has its own sustainability commitment which is shown on the website below. Chartwells also has a marketing intern who is hired specifically to promote sustainability signage in the dining hall and on the website.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Eastern has a sustainability map on the "Sustainability at Eastern" webpages, under "Green Buildings and Grounds." The map provides information on Eastern's "green" buildings and grounds. A sustainability tour is available upon request. The Institute for Sustainable Energy has worked closely with admissions guides to include these green features as part of their tour to prospective students.


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:

Eastern currently hosts a number of events for commuter students through which they provide information about parking and alternative forms of transportation once on campus. Eastern students also have access to the statewide program CT Rides http://ctrides.com/ which is promoted on campus.


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)? :
No

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

Eastern currently offers Green Theme Housing: THE GREEN THEME- ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY – This community allows students who are interested in environmental issues the opportunity to participate in numerous initiatives related to sustainability, going green, reducing carbon footprint, conserving natural resources, and recycling. Various service projects related to the environment are conducted throughout the year. The Green Theme Housing is located in Laurel Hall.
There is also educational material on mixed recycling that has been distributed within residence halls through TV monitors, and in paper form by Hall Directors (these materials have been up since 2015).


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

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Institute for Sustainable Energy has created recycling videos, one geared towards students and one aimed at faculty and staff, to help them gain a more thorough understanding of recycling on campus. The videos incorporate Eastern students and staff of various majors and backgrounds who are enthused about creating a greener, cleaner campus. These videos are seen as a fun, dynamic way to reach out to campus members not only to provide them with information about Eastern's green features, but to also encourage everyone to become more sustainable.


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This information was collected using information from the following websites: ISE website, dining services website, facilities website, student activities, residence halls website, and available social media pages focused on promoting sustainability.

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