Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.50
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Florida Gulf Coast University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kathleen Crawford
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Environmental Health and Safety collects information and initiatives from colleges and departments to showcase and report on through its website.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

Faculty Senate Grants and Research Team and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs hosts an Annual Research Day. A student poster competition and general viewing opportunity highlights student research activities.


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 :

Building signage has started with our first academic building built to LEED standards. This LEED platinum building has signs demonstrating the sustainable practices both inside the building as well as outside.

Our campus solar field also may be monitored with real-time information on the electricity that it produces.


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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:

Dining Services has a "Make Your Mark" flyer outlining the various sustainable efforts of dining services on campus, which include trayless dining, EnergyStar procurement policy for equipment, discounts for reusable cups/mugs, local and regional food sourcing, etc.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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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:

Information and links regarding transportation options are found on FGCU's Department of Environmental Health and Safety's Website.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

The FGCU Housing Program distributes a green guide http://www.fgcu.edu/Housing/PDFs/NLV_Apt_Living_Publication.pdf and has published a guide for its residents on how to recycle http://www.fgcu.edu/Housing/PDFs/North_Lake_Village_Recycling_Center_Users_Guide_1_08_07.pdf


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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

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

A brief description of this material:

The campus collects campus sustainability initiatives for publication in a booklet titled, "FGCU and Environmental Stewardship".


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

A brief description of this material:

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education sends quarterly newsletter e-mails to stakeholders with information on recent Center activity, upcoming events, and other news from FGCU.


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

A brief description of this material:

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education produces a variety of sustainability publications, including "Works Toward Realizing the Dream: Five Years of Scholarship, Education, and Action at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education."

The Center Five Year Report is a summary of the Center's five years of activity and a statement of our prospective activities for the years to come. It was designed and published in collaboration with graphic design company Alice Design in Maine. We created the report to give to our faithful supporters and stakeholders – and to new friends, donors, and foundations who may be interested in supporting our work. Much of the activity in the Five Year Report is a direct result of recommendations from our Board.

As part of the report, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai reflected on the Center's anniversary:"Activities that devastate the environment and societies continue unabated. Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own. The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University is engaged in the shift to a sustainable future through its Earth Charter scholarly agenda. The Center's work in environmental education and social education points toward a better world."


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

"Earth Charter Affiliate Report for Florida Gulf Coast University Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education."

On February 20, 2009, FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw signed an official Affiliation Agreement with Earth Charter International in hopes that it might deepen the University's commitment to sustainability. This report documents the activity of the Center from the day FGCU became an official affiliate of the Earth Charter up until December 31, 2010. The Center shared this report with Earth Charter International. It will be updated annually as the Center continues to collaborate with administrators, faculty, staff, and students to explore how the Earth Charter can add additional meaning to FGCU's work in environmental sustainability.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
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A brief description of this material:

"This Sense of Awe and Wonder: The Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education."


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