Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Elon University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kelly Harer
Assistant Director of Sustainability for Education and Outreach
Office of Sustainability
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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):

The Elon Sustainability website is a comprehensive source for sustainability information and is easily accessible from the university's homepage. It includes information about the Office of Sustainability's mission, the Environmental Advisory Council, the campus' sustainability planning documents, the numerous physical campus sustainability initiatives, academic sustainability initiatives, student programs related to sustainability, how to live sustainably on and off campus, sustainability news and events and sustainability related resources (local and regional groups as well as sources).


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Newsletter was started in the fall of 2011 and is created by the Communications Intern in the Office of Sustainability with guidance from the Assistant Director for Education and Outreach. It is distributed once a semester via email to those who sign-up for the student sustainability list and to faculty and staff. It is also posted online. The content may vary each time it is published; but in general, the newsletter contains information about new programs, events, interesting information/statistics about existing programs and stories about student and/or faculty/staff projects or work related to sustainability.


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:

There is an Elon Sustainability Facebook page used regularly to communicate sustainability events, activities and information as well as an Elon Sustainability Twitter account (@SustainableElon). Similarly, there is an Elon Sustainability Instagram account (elonsustainability).
www.facebook.com/ElonSustainability
www.twitter.com/SustainableElon
www.instagram.com/elonsustainability/


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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:

There is not a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat or a regular column on sustainability; however, sustainability topics and stories are often covered in the student newspaper.


The website URL for 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:

Visions Magazine, The World We Live In and The World We Want To Live In, is a faculty-student organized and operated publication, which features the works of Elon University students and student-faculty collaborations. All content goes through a blind peer review prior to being accepted for publication. The primary purpose of Visions is to expose students to the scholarly process of research, writing and peer review. It provides publishing opportunities to students from all disciplines with an interest in the environment and sustainable development.


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 :

The Inman Admissions Welcome Center has signage that highlights green building features throughout the building that contributed to the building's LEED Silver certification.


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?:
No

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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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:

The Sustainability Tour Map highlights sustainability features and programs on campus. It is electronically available, along with pod cast files, on the Sustainability website.


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:

The Elon University Transportation website is an online resource with information about more sustainable methods of transportation.
The Sustainable Living Guide for students also includes information about alternative methods of transportation.


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:

The Sustainable Living Guide provides a number of strategies and tips for incorporating sustainability into the residential experience. There is also a guide for students living off campus. It includes the following topics: power, transportation, waste management, in the residence, get involved and challenge yourself. The Sustainable Living Guide for residential neighborhoods with LEED facilities includes information about the sustainable features of the LEED buildings in that neighborhood.


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:

Stories about sustainability related campaigns, programs and/or events are featured in the university's online news platform, E-Net. Stories appear as headlines on the main page or in a separate sustainability section toward the bottom of the main page.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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