Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Nancy Apple
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mount Holyoke College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
-- Reporter Nancy Apple
Director
Environmental Health & Safety
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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):

This comprehensive website contains information regarding the sustainable and environmentally conscious practives that occur within the Mount Holyoke Community. In addition, it provides resources for how student and campus offices can improve their habits. Information includes Environmental indicators, recycling and waste, energy commitments, building practices, hazardous material management and water 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 Eco-reps use Facebook in their outreach efforts.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Eco-Reps periodically submit articles and tips to the newspaper and regularly to 'News Flush' an, alternative news weekly.


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?:
Yes

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

The college hosts an annual senior symposium at which students present the results of their independent research projects.
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/wcl/senior_symposium

The LEAP Symposium is a showcase of student summer work.
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/leap

Additionally, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment often highlights student research on their website.
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/mwce


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 :

Each of our LEED certified buildings is designated by a plaque in its entry way. When new buildings open, and for special events, specific signs highlighting green features are posted. Eco-Rep/GLC bulletin boards are also used for this purpose when it pertains to their current theme.


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 highlights local and organic food products with signs at the serving area and information on their web page.. The ECO-Rep white boards in each kitchen are also used for highlighting local foods and education around food consumption and composting.


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?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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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 Miller Worley Center for the Environment maintains a curricular trail that is used in the curriculum and by those with a more casual interest.


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?:
No

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

Information is available on the web site about the Five College and PVTA bus options and availability of Zipcars, and the college's participation in MassRIDES that includes a car pooling program.
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/auxservices/fleet/other_transport
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/auxservices/zipcar-mount-holyoke
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/parking/rideshare-emergency-ride-home


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
No

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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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:

The MHC website has a section titled "Living Green at Mount Holyoke" that includes green tips for living in a residence hall, dining hall food and green practices, using public transportation, walking or biking, green classroom practices, making green food and electronic/appliance purchases, recycling, waste reduction and green laundry tips.


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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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