Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jorden Dye
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mount Royal University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Courtney Stange
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Environmental Sustainability
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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 Institute for Environmental Sustainability hosts a website which includes definitions of Environmental Sustainability, upcoming sustainability related events (external and internal), recent sustainability news, publications, external funding opportunities for sustainability researchers. The website also has pages which include student opportunities, recent projects and initiatives, and sustainability resources.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Parks and Protected Areas Research Group (PPARG), an initiative through the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) puts out a newsletter twice a year. The newsletter features recent news regarding parks and protected areas, upcoming events or conferences, research and publications, and recent videos suggested by PPARG members.


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:

The Institute for Environmental Sustainability runs a twitter account that is monitored daily.
Twitter @MRUsustainable


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 Reflector is Mount Royal University's campus newspaper. They have a print edition which is issued bi-weekly as well as an online source which adds articles as they arise. The editorials often contain sustainability related topics.

For example, articles relating to sexual health, mental health, economic security, and the importance of voting have been published in recent editorials.


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:

Mount Royal University's Research and Scholarship Days provides students the opportunity to disseminate their research activities. Mount Royal also hosts various symposiums and conferences throughout the year which focus on student participation.

Each year Research and Scholarship Days is hosted at Mount Royal offering students the chance to present their research to the Mount Royal community. Students can participate in presentations or poster sessions to disseminate their sustainability research.

Student research is featuring the Institute for Environmental Sustainability Annual Reports and on the website. Student research is also often featured on Mount Royal University's home page stories.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

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

Low flush toilets - bathrooms which have undergone renovations include low flush toilets. In each of the stalls there is permanent signage that describes the use and purpose of the low flush toilets.
LEED buildings - newly constructed buildings such as the Riddell Library and Learning Center which have obtained a LEED Rating have postings regarding such rating.
Showers are located in the Riddell Library and Learning Center for cyclists commuting to campus.
Recycle/Compost signage is present throughout campus to encourage staff, students and faculty to demonstrate and encourage sustainable waste management on campus.
Ablution facilities are new to campus and allow for washing before prayer, signage for ablution facilities are located near each facility.


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:

Dana Hospitality runs a cafeteria style restaurant called The Table. Within their operations Dana Hospitality pledges to achieve the most sustainable program possible. They source ingredients from local produces, greenhouses and farms within close proximity to their kitchen and continually look for opportunities to renew, reuse, recycle, restore, and sustain.

Dana Hospitality also caters specifically to events and offers unique menus for these situations. For example, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability screened a showing of the documentary "Bugs on the Menu" for which Dana Hospitality catered a meal which included silk worm pizza and salsa.


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:

Facilities Management at Mount Royal University offers tours based on demand when they are contacted.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

Mount Royal's Parking & Transportation website promotes greener modes of transportation including public transit, cycling and walking, and carpooling. Parking and Transportation encourages the Mount Royal Community to consider alternative modes of transportation to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles comping to 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:

Yes, The Parking and Transportation website also offers commuters detailed guides for public transit options including routes and maps, cycling and walking guides with pathway maps, maintenance, and bike locker and rack locations. Parking and Transportation also offers priority parking stalls and a guaranteed ride home program to carpoolers.

Public Transit: http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/TransportationParking/transit.htm

Cycling and Walking: http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/TransportationParking/cycling_walking.htm

Carpooling: http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/TransportationParking/carpool.htm


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 Residence Handbook, provided to each person living in residence mentions briefly energy conservation and their efforts to recycle, compost, and turn the lights off when away or not in use. It also provides a campus walking map for students.


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:

Our Community Newsletter
Every two weeks, Mount Royal University publishes a newsletter to staff, faculty, and student subscribers which details events and opportunities happening around campus. The newsletter often includes sustainability outreach material including waste management campaigns, sustainability events on campus, and building initiatives.

Homepage Stories
The Mount Royal University's homepage of their website offers Stories relating to the Mount Royal Community. Stories often include alumni success stories, faculty or student research stories and other engagement pieces which often include sustainability related topics.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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