Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:
Our Hope Advocates for Sustainability Student Presidents publish a monthly newsletter that goes out to campus subscribers.

Our new Alumni Sustainability Affinity Group began in 2022 and has published its first quarterly newsletter. https://hope.edu/offices/sustainability/hope-sustains.html

We also have the following Social Media Acocunts:



During the 2020-2021 academic year as a way to continue communicating with our campus community when we were not able to host events our marketing and communications intern created and launched a podcast on Spotify, Voices of Sustainability.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
In our LEED certified buildings we have educational signage placed throughout rooms/hallways highlighting sustainability features of the facility.

We have also installed small metals signs on couple dozen trees in common walking areas that have QR codes on them whch helps to engage campus visitors and encourages them to learn more about the trees around our campus.

We have also begun installing signage around campus near pollinator gardens, stormwater infrastucture, etc... to education campus visitors.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Our virtual campus map also has a selection box for sustainability features.

During admission tours sustainability features of the LEED buildings are included.

Campus Tree Map:
"Hope College prides itself in a beautiful campus environment that encourages the community to connect with nature. Moreover, one of the most valuable assets in encouraging this relationship are trees. This brochure outlines 22 different trees and their respective locations on campus. Using this guide, you can immerse yourself in knowledge and appreciation for several of the hundreds of tree species present at Hope College."

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

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

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
--The Office of Sustainability also helps to create outreach material for students, staff, faculty, and visitors in partnership with our Public Affairs and Marketing (PAM)Department.

--PAM also creates and publishes a magazine for alumni, family, and friends connected of the college. Sustainability programs and projects are often highlighted in the magazine.

--A number of articles are often published in our campus newspaper "The Anchor"

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