Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

MacEwan University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Emma Shipalesky
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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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 No
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience No
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 No

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The Sustainability at MacEwan University website acts as a central hub for sustainability news, programs, events, and information at the University. The site also hosts documents such as the Campus Sustainability Plan, Alternative Energy and Carbon Reduction Feasibility Study, and Emissions Inventory Report.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability's newsletter is distributed on a quarterly basis to student, staff, faculty, alumni, and community member subscribers. This newsletter features upcoming sustainability events, sustainability program highlights, and opportunities for the community to get involved with sustainability at MacEwan University and within the Edmonton region.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

Inspire: The Official Student Blog of MacEwan University offers a sustainability column dedicated to student posts related to environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability. Most articles offer simple tips for students to reduce their impacts while at MacEwan University and in their personal lives as well.

The Sustainable MacEwan University (SMU) student club also hosts Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages devoted to news stories, events, and opportunities for MacEwan University students to get involved with campus sustainability.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

As an integral part of the university's Undergraduate Student Research Initiative (USRI), MacEwan University Student eJournal (MUSe) publishes undergraduate articles, essays and creative work in an online, open access venue. It acts as a research forum for undergraduate students attending or working at MacEwan University, and it offers students the opportunity to work alongside faculty while gaining experience and knowledge about the way in which scholarly and creative publications are managed.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Robbins Health Learning Centre (RHLC) was awarded LEED Silver certification on January 27, 2012. RHLC has signage communicating this certification, as well as key green building features such as:
- Energy Efficiency (efficient heating & cooling systems, energy efficient products, and reflective Energystar Cool Roof lowers energy consumption by over 35% saving 9.7 million mega joules/year)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (low V.O.C. paints, adhesives, and carpets etc.)
- Sustainable Site development (native and low impact landscaping, underground parking to reduce heat island effect, site was originally Canadian National Railyard and was remediated to strict residential standards)
- Materials selection (over 75% construction waste was diverted from landfill)


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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

Around the University's City Centre Campus there are various signs displaying information about the institution's sustainable landscaping strategy of planting indigenous species. These planted areas require less watering, less mowing, and fewer chemicals.

Examples of signage messages include:
"This site is in the process of reverting to a natural prairie landscape similar to the short grass prairie."
"This site is in the process of reverting to a natural Aspen Parkland landscape indigenous to the Edmonton region."


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

MacEwan University has created self-guided sustainability tours for both the Residence Building and the Robbins Health Learning Centre. PDF documents for each building include explanation of LEED certification as well as building key sustainability features, including site selection, alternative transportation, water efficiency, landscaping, energy, indoor environmental quality, materials and waste.


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Information about alternative transportation methods are available on MacEwan University's Transportation Services website. Information about public transit in Edmonton (including student UPass and employee ETS@Work programs for reduced fares), cycling to campus, and carpooling can be found there.


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