Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Luther College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Maren Stumme-Diers
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Studies
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour No
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation No
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:
Luther's Sustainability website contains information about energy, waste, food, transportatation, education and land use initiatives. The website also provides suggestions for ways to get involved, as well as information on community outreach initiatives through the Center for Sustainable Communities.

The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
In Fall 2013 the Center for Sustainable Communities launched a biweekly sustainability newsletter as a way to share special features, upcoming events, spotlights and job postings related to sustainability on campus and in the region. It can be read online or delivered directly to the subscribers inbox. Currently there are about 1,000 individuals on the mailing list.

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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:
Luther College Sustainability has a facebook page, on which the latest sustainability news and events are posted, and students can get involved or engage in conversation about sustainability. We also have a facebook page devoted specifically to Rideshare to help students carpool for breaks, as well as one for the sustainability house, sustainability reps, Luther College Gardens, and ECO. Luther College Sustainability also has a twitter account: https://twitter.com/sustainluther

The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
The majority of student projects, papers and proposals related to sustainability are hosted on the website. This portion of the website receives significant traffic from students at other institutions who are looking for ideas and research on implementing projects at their own schools.

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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
All residence halls and academic and administrative buildings have recycling bins, and contain signs indicating where the recycle bins are and how to sort recyclable materials. There are also signs in the residence halls and the cafeteria indicating where the compost is and what materials can be composted. The science buildings have signage highlighting some of the green building features that were installed in accordance with LEED standards, such as signage in the bathrooms indicating how the dual-flush toilets work.

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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
The cafeteria has signage that shows current percentages of local food purchases to date and graphs that show the increase in local purchases throughout the years. There are signs that talk about the hormone free milk, 100% Fair Trade Certified coffee and 100% USDA organic and ethnically sourced tea. In addition the daily menu lists which foods are locally sourced.

There is a television in the cafeteria that contains student-created bulletin features on local producers and local items currently being sourced.

Information about all local producers and products we source is available on the sustainability website.

The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
Signage is used to highlight and education about Luther's edible landscapes, rain garden, oak savannah restoration and prairies. A new sign was recently installed on the Union balcony to highlight renewable energy, food production and the river. Signage often explain the purpose of the sustainable landscape feature. For example: "The rain garden absorbs rainwater from the roof of Sampson-Hoffland that would otherwise go into the storm sewer system and the river. Native wetland plants such as grasses, sedges, and wildflowers are used in rain gardens due to their extensive and deep root systems. These roots enhance the infiltration of stormwater into the ground, helping to reduce flooding."

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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
The website listed below has detailed maps of the various walking and biking trails in Decorah. In addition, the Recreational Service Center and SPOKES are always willing and able to provide students further information about Decorah's trails and about bike safety/ road etiquette.

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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Luther's Sustainability website features a Dorm and Living Space Energy Conservation Tips page for students, as well as ideas for how to become more involved in promoting green living.

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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:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):
The Sustainability Department regularly submits information to the Tuesday, which is geared towards faculty and staff and published every Tuesday.

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):
Twice a month the Sustainability Office creates "stall flyers," which get placed in the 14 bathroom stalls in the Student Union. Flyers contain information about programs and upcoming events, but also serve to remind the campus community of initiatives like the office supply reuse closet and free snowshoe rentals.

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):
The Sustainability Department regularly submits information to the Bulletin, which is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday when classes are in session. The Bulletin is geared towards students.

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th material):
The Luther Magazine is published every three times a year and regularly features sustainability initiatives.

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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