Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.34
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

James Madison University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Essa Paterson
Program Coordinator
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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:
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.

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

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
Student Success Center and Wayland Hall both have signage that highlights green building features.

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

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.

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:
There is a website: https://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/everyday-choices-for-environmental-stewardship.shtml. It includes immediate actions in the residence halls, greener living guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency, and suggestions for student organizations and events.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
JMU increases students understanding of the environment with Science On a Sphere (SOS), which uses computers and projectors to display sustainability-related content onto a 48 inch diameter sphere. 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."

JMU was an early university adopter of 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 tool. SOS is also frequently used for school visits, which are arranged through JMU’s Middle School Visit Program and the STEM Education & Outreach Center.


Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Completed by Essa Paterson, ISNW, February 10, 2021.

Completed by Essa Paterson, ISNW, February 10, 2021.

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