Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.02
Liaison Tanja Srebotnjak
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Harvey Mudd College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Louis Spanias
Sustainability Program Manager
Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design
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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 Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design's page is the central sustainability website for Harvey Mudd College. It has a comprehensive documentation of the school's programs, events, research opportunities, curricular opportunities, facilities efforts, and more. Some additional information on green projects and campus sustainability is provided on the webpage of HMC's facilities and maintenance department.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The e-newsletter of the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design delivers announcements, events, blog articles, and job/internship/research opportunities every other week during the school year and every month over the summer. Students can access archived newsletters on the Publications and Media Content page of the main sustainability website of Harvey Mudd College (the Hixon Center's website).


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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 Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design uses a number of social media platforms to communicate with the Harvey Mudd and Claremont Colleges communities. These include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Soundcloud, and more.


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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

A brief description of the 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:

Harvey Mudd College primarily relies on the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design as a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability. Students who engage in research through the Hixon Center via the Rasmussen Summer Research Fund submit their final reports to the center, and those reports along with their initial accompanying proposals are published on Rasmussen Fund's page on the Hixon Center website. Faculty and/or students who conduct research under internal and external sources of funding also have the opportunity to publish their research through their respective academic department websites. There are also multiple presentation days at the end of the academic year where students can present their research, some of which has to do with sustainability. In addition, the center occasionally releases technical working papers, some of which prominently feature student research and contributions.


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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 :

Harvey Mudd College has building signage that highlights green building features throughout the college. Each LEED-certified building on campus has a sign of its certification featured at the building's entrance, as well as an informational sign that highlights green building features. These Harvey Mudd College buildings with signage include: (1) the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, (2) Drinkward Residence Hall, (3) the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons and (4) Sontag Residence Hall. Other information about green building features can be found on the Facilities and Maintenance webpage on campus sustainability.


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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:

To promote and encourage environmental sustainability and sustainable dining, the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons has signage and accompanying brochures and reading materials on most tables that feature information about sustainable food systems. There are signs as well that include information on composting, reducing food waste, purchasing local seasonal produce, and the health benefits of organic food.


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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:

While there is not a designated sustainability walking map or green tour, the admissions department has collaborated with the Hixon Center to incorporate substantial sustainability components into regular campus tours for prospective and current students and their families. These include showcasing the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design, highlighting the campus' sustainability activities, groups, and LEED-certified buildings, and discussing the sustainability-oriented academic, research, and employment opportunities available on campus.


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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:

The student life webpage on the Harvey Mudd College website offers some guidance in regards to sustainable modes of transportation (e.g., public transit, getting around campus, etc.). There is also a Rideshare Incentive program that encourages paid students and staff to take more sustainable modes of transportation (e.g., carpooling, bicycling, electric vehicles, public transit, etc.) to Harvey Mudd.


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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:

There are signs throughout the campus that alert vehicle-users about pedestrians and bicyclists. There are also designated signs and locations on campus for bicycle and skateboard parking. Lastly, Harvey Mudd College designates "No Wheels" zones across campus for the safety of the pedestrians during rush hours and high-traffic areas on campus. In addition to physical signage, our admissions office has featured blog posts from students on bicycling, using skateboards/longboards, walking around campus, etc.


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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 Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design has created and made available a Guide to Sustainable Living. The Guide is a comprehensive physical and digital booklet that educates students on the choice that they can make live more sustainably on campus. This document is available to all students on campus and touches on multiple aspects of sustainable living, including sustainable food systems, tips to save water and energy, and tips on reducing waste both on the residential and academic sides of campus. In addition, the Facilities and Maintenance links the campus community directly to the City of Claremont recycling guidelines.


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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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