Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.97
Liaison Alison Pugh
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Edmonds Community College
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Alison Pugh
Sustainability Researcher
Workforce Development & Training
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Sustainability Website: We have a sustainability website through the college’s main website which provides an overview of our sustainability efforts across campus, and we have an additional Google site which allows more (timely) freedom to highlight our Green Team, our Sustainability Council, the Campus Green Fund, and more.


The website URL for the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The sustainability newsletter is currently in the form of a campus-wide email that goes out to campus at least twice a year (currently) highlighting our efforts. We intend to publish in the future with more frequency and use a web-based newsletter application.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
---

Does the institution have 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 Green Team maintains a blog about their work. In addition, we have a symposium at the end of every academic year entitled "Making Learning Visible." While this is open to all students, many projects highlighted incorporate some aspect of sustainability into the posters/presentations.


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?:
Yes

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

In Spring of 2010, one of our classroom buildings, Meadowdale Hall, underwent a renovation that is certified at LEED Silver level. Right as you walk into the building, there's temporary signage about this and other sustainability highlights. We intend to order a LEED silver plaque to post. In addition, we are piloting "Grid Navigator," which is an energy tracking program that monitors energy usage by building. There is one LCD screen with this information up in Meadowdale Hall right now with the intention of expanding these LCD screens across campus. In addition, in spring 2012, we added signage to our solar panels on campus that generate power to the grid.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

In 2011, our Food Service Department replaced the use of Styrofoam with 100% compostable to-go containers; they have signage to indicate this in the cafeteria ordering area as well as at end of use - at the Materials Management Center. In fall 2012, one of our Green Team members created a brochure/table tent featuring our Materials Management Center that highlights the importance of composting and recycling. These table tents are on the tables in the eating area of the cafeteria


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 grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

Not currently, but we intend to.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
---

Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

In fall 2012, one of our Green Team members created an online Google Sustainability Map for campus so students can check out sustainable features (such as bike racks, our solar panels, windmills, etc.) on campus and find out more information about them using their smart phones.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

We have bike lockers, subsidized bus passes, car pool option and flex scheduling for employees. All of these options are described on our website.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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

Our residential hall is new. We will work on this in the future.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
---

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 regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

Although we don't have a "sustainability beat," we have had a number of articles published in The Triton Review, the student newspaper, over the last several years and are pursuing a write-up on our Recyclemania participation and efforts this winter.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
---

Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Facebook: College Departments operate a number of different Facebook sites that provide current and timely information. The Green Team's page is the URL listed, but other departments run their own, including Center for Service Learning, LEAF School, and Energy Management.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Energy Management Director maintains a twitter feed. Like Facebook, other departments maintain feeds as well.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The college along with Food Revolution Snohomish County and other partners began to offer an annual festival last spring called, "Celebration of Food Festival." This free festival brought 1500 community members together to learn about real food: producing it, buying it, and cooking with it.


The website URL for this material:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
---

A brief description of this material:
---

The website URL for this material:
---

Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
---

A brief description of this material:
---

The website URL for this material:
---

Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
---

A brief description of this material:
---

The website URL for this material:
---

Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
---

A brief description of this material:
---

The website URL for this material:
---

Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
---

A brief description of this material:
---

The website URL for this material:
---

This year we have budgeted money for more interpretative signs across campus at various sites that highlight sustainable practices.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.