Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.17
Liaison David Fisher
Submission Date April 11, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Maharishi University of Management
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Leanne Hays
Administrator
Sustainable Living
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

This site outlines the university's sustainable initiatives and has links to Sustainable Living courses, student projects and the Sustainable Living Center building.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Begun in the fall of '09, the Sustainable Living department published a newsletter entitled Sustenance: Sustainability for a Conscious Community. That publication has now changed to a blog format, which is currently being transferred from our old platform to our new MagicHour platform.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

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

"The Review" is a monthly publication that publishes articles on students' sustainability projects and research.


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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 :

The main hallway of our Sustainability Center features posters that explain our off the grid power, rainwater catchment, sewage treatment, and sustainably sourced and produced construction components.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Our food service provider, Aladdin, utilizes organic produce from our school greenhouse and publicizes that face online, in brochures, and on table toppers. Additionally, we have a "trayless" campaign to reduce food waste, and all scraps are sent to our on site composting facility.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

We have multiple posters, and also send out email reminders, about our energy conservation efforts. We remind students to use the recycling dumpsters, and about where those dumpsters are located. We remind students to keep their thermostats at no higher that 68' during the heating season, with 65' preferred. We have stickers by light switches reminding students to turn off the lights when leaving a room. We have signs on every washer letting students know that with modern washing powders/soap cold cycles are just as effective as hot/warm in cleaning their clothes, and that cold water saves energy.


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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)?:
Yes

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:

"The Review" - a paper publication - regularly features sustainability projects and efforts. Additionally our Student Life Department regularly updates all students via their email newsletter on sustainability efforts, projects, and events.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

We have several brochures/flyers about our program that we hand out at events and mail out on request.


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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:

A web page about our new Sustainable Living Center


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

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We also have a Facebook page for the department where we regularly update students and community members on our course offerings, speakers, volunteer opportunities, and events.


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