Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

James Madison University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
ISNW
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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 website provides information about JMU's sustainability reporting and efforts. The site links to many other resources on campus that address sustainability and emphasizes ways to participate.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Although there is not a dedicated sustainability newsletter, the JMU Human Resources newsletter regularly includes environmental stewardship information. Also, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability emails updates to ISNW committee members and to employees who have completed Greening Your Workspace.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:
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The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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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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The website URL for 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?:
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 :

Student Success Center and Wayland Hall both have signage that highlights green building features.


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:

Dining Services on campus posts signage in their dining locations throughout the year highlighting local and third-party certified sustainable offerings, waste management practices, and animal welfare commitments. In addition, Dining Services posts information about local food.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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:

As part of the environmental stewardship tour, signs at the East Campus Hillside, Sibert Creek Rain Garden and Newman Lake feature information about stormwater efforts and naturalization. https://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/tour/hillside.shtml http://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/tour/sibert-creek-rain-garden.shtml https://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/tour/newman-lake.shtml. There are also signs about no-mow zones and Tree Campus USA recognition.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

James Madison University's Environmental Stewardship Tour highlights some of the sites on campus where facilities, environmental stewardship and learning are interconnected. Visitors are challenged to consider the interdependence of humans and the environment; the health, socio-economic and ecological dimensions of environmental stewardship; the way in which environmental problems are explored and solutions are developed and implemented; and, how environmental stewardship is and can be integrated into our lives.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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 campus transportation website provides up to date information and resources on the variety of services and programs that promote alternatives to driving alone.


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:

The website provides current information about services and programs that support bicyclists and pedestrians. http://www.jmu.edu/transportation/bicycletravel.shtml http://www.jmu.edu/transportation/walking.shtml


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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

JMU increases students understanding of the environment at the Sphere Theater. The theater contains Science On a Sphere (SOS), which uses computers and projectors to display sustainability-related content onto a 68 inch diameter spherical display. SOS was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is primarily utilized by museums and science centers for informal education. Per NOAA, "Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating."

There are 62 institutions in the United States (and 51 more institutions internationally) that use SOS. JMU was the first university to install SOS and is one of a few universities to use SOS as a pedagogical tool in university courses. Education of students is the primary use of the Theater. The Sphere Theater is also frequently used for school visits, which are arranged through JMU’s Middle School Visit Program and the STEM Education & Outreach Center.


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Information for this credit provided by the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. Some information entered by Ms. Melissa Altman.

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