Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.15
Liaison Nicole Gaetjens
Submission Date May 31, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Mills College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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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 states the institution's commitment and describes overall sustainability themes incorporated into the Mills experience. The website also includes links to more in depth descriptions of current initiatives and resources.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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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?:
Yes

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

The Mills College Sustainability Center has a Facebook page and a Twitter page.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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:
Does the institution produce 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 Mills Academic Research Journal, the MARJ (themarj.com), is the undergraduate research journal for students of Mills College in Oakland, California. MARJ was started by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) in 2009 and is a student-run, online research journal. The purpose of MARJ is to showcase Mills undergraduate students’ academic work. Topics previously covered include high speed rail, fracking, and sustainable agriculture.

The Mills Policy Forum journal was launched in the academic year 2013-14. The journal was a venue for students at Mills to publish reports, op-eds, interviews, and other material for dissemination to an external audience. Many of the articles published concerned social justice and/or environmental sustainability. See articles specifically tagged under "Energy and Environment" at millspolicyforum.com/category/environment-energy/


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 :

Mills College has two LEED certified buildings that incorporate signage about the green features throughout the building. In the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building, there is a interactive building resource monitor for students to explore the green features in more depth.


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 provides brochures, table tents, signage and a website describing sustainable practices, procurement, waste reduction, connections between food and carbon footprints, descriptions of farmers, and eating seasonally.


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:

Throughout campus, signs are posted alerting passerby that the campus is irrigated with water from our Lake Aliso. Furthermore, signage is posted at the two campus creek restoration sites identifying the planting of drought-tolerant, native species.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Mills Healing Plant Tour exists to bring awareness to the Mills community of the presence of primarily native but also non-native medicinal plants on campus and how they’ve been used over time. The tour consists of a paper-based guide and corresponding signage throughout the campus. Each plaque features a photograph of the plant along with its scientific and common names, medicinal and non-medicinal uses and various cultures and places throughout the world where the plant or similar plants exist.


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 Mills student intranet includes "A Student's Guide to Mills," with a section summarizing and providing links to clean commuting options. There are also several resource sections on the Safety and Transportation section of the Mills website dedicated to how to participate in alternative transportation


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:

A campus bike parking map is available online.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

The student handbook contains a section on green living. Resident Assistant guidebooks also include a section on sustainability provided by the Sustainability Coordinator.


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:

The Mills sustainability website includes a Mills-specific video tutorial on waste reduction: youtube.com/watch?v=dhjCFqjeDMY

The Green Event Guide invites event planners to incorporate sustainable practices and products into the planning and implementation of the event.


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