Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.35
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Gettysburg College
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Gretchen Natter
Director of Center for Public Service
Center for Public Service
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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:

The Gettysburg College Sustainability webpages focus on five main themes: policies & commitments, campus initiatives, campus groups, academics, and activism. The About section features information about the college's commitment to sustainability, campus-wide policies and practices, and the Sustainability Advisory Committee. Campus initiatives details the work done through facilities and dining to enhance sustainability. Campus groups highlights student activity that engages sustainability, including clubs, houses, and campus-wide events. Academics provides information on sustainability in the curriculum, and the Get Involved section teaches viewers about simple steps they can take to be come more sustainable members of the campus community. As a whole, these pages are designed to give a comprehensive overview of all the work being done to make Gettysburg College more sustainable.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

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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:

Currently the Dining Services on campus posts signage throughout the dining hall educating students about the benefits of trayless dining and correct portion sizes to reduce food waste. It also has signage posted to advise students and guests about our CSA's through Everblossom Farm/Local Food as well as other local food sources such as Naylor's produce and Weikerts Egg Farm, all located within Adams County.


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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A student recycling intern created a sustainability walking tour of campus in 2009, although this tour is not currently being publicized or offered to prospective students by the Office of Admissions. However, tours of the campus' sustainability features (such as the Student Garden, Farmhouse, and LEED Gold Certified Athletic Center) are periodically offered to current students during special events such as Sustainability Week in the fall semester and Earthweek in the spring.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

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

As Gettysburg is a residential college, we do not typically have commuter students. In the FY09 GHG Inventory, a transportation study revealed that about 7.2% of faculty and 8.9% of staff carpool to work. A web-based ride board is available on the college internal site (CNAV) but it is currently underutilized. Carpooling requests are often made through digest announcements via email instead.


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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 Greenbook: Green practices of the Gettysburg College Community” is a green-living-guide that was compiled in 2007 by the Gettysburg College student Recycling Interns, and has been updated a handful of time since then. Its contents include information on the college’s sustainability initiatives (up until 2007), facts and figures regarding recycling and being “green”, ways to get more involved on campus, a very brief description of the Environmental Studies department and classes , facts on energy and what the college recycles, information about the Give It Up For Good Sale, and some “easy green steps.”
These “Greenbooks” were previously distributed to all first-year students by way of tangible, paper books. They were placed in the first year dorms so that each student would have one upon arrival to school for move-in. Eventually, it was decided that using this amount of paper for the realized effect the “greenbooks” actually had on people’s behavior was not sustainable enough to continue doing. There are plans to make an electronic (online) version of this Greenbook, but this has not been carried out yet.


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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)?:
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:

The Features section of the newspaper used to have a column from GECO (Gettysburg Environmental Concerns Organization) each week, which would cover sustainability and environment related news on and off campus each week. The newspaper did not have a column this year, but the newspaper staff members are working with GECO Club to reestablish this column next year.


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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:

A collaborative effort between the Adams County Food Policy Council, Adams County Farmers Market Association, and the College has been the yearly publication of a Local Foods Resource Booklet which lists all the local farms in the county who sell at markets, run farm stands, or offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. The booklet also provides information about seasonal foods and where to find local food options in local restaurants and grocery stores, and also includes information food security in Adams County and the resources available to households that are food-insecure.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
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