Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Cathy Liebowitz
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Emerson College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amy Elvidge
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Services
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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):

Website is located under "about Emerson" and includes information, resources, programs, events and activities for students, staff and faculty.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

During the 8 week RecycleMania competition, students, staff and faculty that pledge to recycle receive a newsletter for a 10 week period.

Staff Green Team members receive a quarterly newsletter about Green Team activities and events.

Sustainability events and activities are included in the weekly staff and faculty newsletter.


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 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Sustainability is often featured in the student newspaper, the Berkeley Beacon. Recent articles have focused on waste audit results, Eco Reps, the Green Gala, Community Gardens, sustainable food, and waste management.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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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 features are highlighted throughout campus, including LEED certification signage, energy efficiency signage, and water efficiency signage. In addition, specific diversion streams, such as recycling, battery recycling, e-waste recycling, k-cup recycling, light bulb recycling and clothing donation signage is place around campus as well.


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:

Brochures about Red's Best and plant based diets are available in the health center and in the dining center. The dining center features a large poster with upcoming sustainable food feature items.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

Signage only relates to "no smoking" and "recycling". The campus is urban and does not have green areas, only concrete and brick alleys and sidewalks.


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:

Human Resources features a sustainable and budget-friendly commuting guide during their new employee orientation and has information on their webpage. The guide promotes biking, using public transit, and carpooling.


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:

Emerson College encouraged cycling by providing heated indoor bicycle parking and the Sustainability Page features access to a discounted city bike sharing program.
http://www.emerson.edu/about-emerson/sustainability-emerson/transportation


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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 Green Room Certification Program is open to all on-campus residents and promotes incorporating sustainable dorm-life practices into student lives. The program is advertised at all student fairs and healthy living events. Students are awarded with a vegetarian Chipotle party when half or more of a floor is certified.

Additionally, the Resources tab on the Sustainability webpage provides off campus students with a Green Apartment Checklist. This checklist is advertised through the Office of Off Campus Student Affairs.


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:

Recyclr is Emerson's answer to a swiping education game about what's recyclable and what's not recyclable on campus and in the surrounding areas. Recyclr has been featured at staff and faculty forums, at student orientation, and as part of RecycleMania. Recyclr was created by the Sustainability Coordinator and the Engagement Lab.


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