Overall Rating Reporter - expired
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Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date April 5, 2012
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STARS v1.1

North Carolina State University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter David Dean
Outreach Coordinator
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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

The University Sustainability Office consolidates all information on the institution's sustainability efforts such as all campus initiatives, academics and research in sustainability, news and events that are sustainability-related, community-wide initiatives and information, and how to get involved.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

A newsletter from the University Sustainability Office is sent via email to all subscribed members. During the academic year the newsletter is typically weekly. During breaks the frequency is either bi-weekly or monthly. An archive is available online.


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Does the institution have 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:

Student research projects can be included in the campus Annual Sustainability Report published by the University Sustainability Office.


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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 :

Information about sustainability such as building energy consumption during energy competitions, local events, and building features is promoted through a campus wide system of video, LCD, screens that appear in many building common areas.

In addition, some buildings include permanent signage about green features. Education and signage is part of LEED certified buildings.


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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:

University Dining is proud to be a contributing partner in the University's overall goal to conserve energy, use resources wisely and reduce our carbon footprint. There are signs in the dining halls educating students about composting practices, local and organic foods and more. University Dining has information on their website about their sustainability initiatives as well as produces print materials for tabling events.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

Interpretative signs were installed along the greenway that follows Rocky Branch (urban creek) that explain the concepts behind the restoration design, such as how native vegetation provides habitat, cover, and food for wildlife, plantings have increased the width of the forested buffer zone, and how the new greenway path provides a transportation alternative and brings people close to the creek.


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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The self-guided Sustainability Walking Tour has two loops that cover the Main Campus and Centennial Campus. The tour is about 5.5 miles in transit and includes stops such as a greenroof, organic garden, greenway path, and energy efficient buildings.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

Wolf Trails offers NC State's community members alternative transportation options. GoPass is a free pass for all Capital Area Transit (CTA) and Triangle Triangle (TT) buses, available to students, faculty, and staff. There is information about NCSU's bike sharing initiative as well as carpooling options. There is also a Campus Walk Times map that shows how quick and easy it is to walk between a variety of locations on Main and Centennial Campuses, and gives an idea of how much average time to plan on walking.


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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:

The Green Living Guide for NC State is a menu-style guide that offers students (focusing on those living on campus) options to live a more sustainable life style. This project was made in conjunction with University Housing.


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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)?:
No

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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:

Annual Sustainability Report - Includes information about Academics and Research, Community and Culture, Energy and Water, Green Development, Materials and Waste Reduction Transportation, Events & Awards, Looking Forwards, and useful links.


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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:

The University Sustainability office utilizes social media sites such as facebook, twitter, and iTunes U to engage the campus and outside community.


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

A brief description of this material:

The university has a behavior change campaign currently focused on energy conservation, called Change Your State. Various materials including posters, stickers, signage, electronic ads for LCD screens and a comprehensive and interactive website are all a part of the campaign materials.


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