Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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 Sustainability Office website is the central location for information regarding the different sustainability initiatives at Mohawk. It is also the home of the College's blueprint and leading policy document on sustainability, the Environmental Management Plan 2.0.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The monthly eNewsletter goes out to notify subscribers of upcoming sustainability events at the College and the local community. This newsletter is also used to highlight the services offered by the sustainability office.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

Mohawk Sustainability uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to engage students and employees on sustainability events, tips and contests. For all platforms, SustainableMoCo is the handle.


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:

Mohawk College does not have a student newspaper.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

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

N/A


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 :

Mohawk College has constructed two LEED® Gold buildings as part of the Fennell Renewal Project. The David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre (R-Wing) and MSA Plaza opened in fall 2013, and the Learning Exchange and Cummings Library (H-Wing) opened in winter 2011.

The Mohawk College Sustainability Office created LEED® Tours to introduce students and visitors to the many design components within both facilities and to highlight the LEED® Gold certification awarded to the buildings. The tours are an opportunity to explore and interact with the features of this space. Mounted plaques contain information about the design features in each facility, as well as a set of Quick Reference tabs so you can see at a glance how the they contribute to the LEED® score.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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:

The Waste Management Zone in the Cafeteria is a highly visible program that encourages recycling, composting and proper recycling of waste, as well as provides a dish washing station for individuals to wash their reusable containers.

Mohawk College has created "Local Food Resource Guides" to ensure students know where local food is located within the Hamilton area and around the campuses.

The Sustainability Office also created a informational pamphlet on the Rooftop Pollinator Garden to educate students, staff and faculty on the importance of pollinators species. In the garden there is also signs to educate students on the plants and bees as they walk around the space.


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:

Signage is placed throughout the landscapes of Mohawk explaining flora and fauna as well as sustainable landscape strategies. There is also signage around our six healthy bee hives and Pollinator Garden to promote pollinators and bees. The Rooftop Pollinator Garden has many signs to educate students and employees on the native species that reside in the gardens.


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 Sustainability Office provides guided walking tours of all campus LEED® buildings as requested. These tours highlight the sustainable features of the structure as well as an opportunity to interact with these features.


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:

Real-Time Transit Information Display Screens. Through a dedicated platform, students can view real-time information for on-campus HSR departures on several monitors located in key areas at Fennell Campus or by using an app on mobile devices. This helps enhance the convenience and overall experience of using public transit.

The Sustainability Office has also created a Transport Services and Infrastructure map that shows all the active and alternative transportation infrastructure on campus.


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:

The Sustainability Office provides maps of all the cycling routes in Hamilton and is a member of Smart Commute Hamilton. Smart Commute's mandate is to help anyone traveling to explore explore and try out smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit and carpooling. During Bike Month, the office produces a social media campaign to promote alternative forms of transportation, specifically biking, to and from campus and within the City.


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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:

In the Residence Handbook, students are briefed on recycling, waste management, bike parking and storage, healthy living and smoke-free policies.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Community Garden eNewsletter goes out to all Mohawk Community Garden members. This newsletter provides organic gardening tips, current gardening news and events, and profiles a different member each week, bringing the Mohawk gardening community closer together.

Waste Management Brochures and Signage
Mohawk Sustainability has created informational pamphlets on how our waste management system. This outreach material outlines our recycling program and the types of bins we have around campus. We also have signage on our bins that tell students exactly what waste stream their waste should go into.


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