Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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STARS v2.0

North Carolina State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Carla Davis
Communications Coordinator
University Sustainability Office
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

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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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability at NC State e-newsletter is sent once a week during the school year by the University Sustainability Office. The newsletter features content on sustainable alumni, events, news, jobs, research, funding and student opportunities.


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

The University Sustainability office utilizes social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instgram to engage the campus and outside community.


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

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


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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 also part of LEED certified buildings.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

University Dining is a contributing partner in the university’s overall goal to conserve energy, use resources wisely and reduce our carbon footprint. The “My Roots are at NC State” program connects University Dining with North Carolina growers, manufacturers, processors, and producers to increase NC State's ability to purchase locally and highlight the wealth of products grown and produced in North Carolina, where agriculture is the largest industry. "My Roots" also provides an opportunity to share stories of NC State alumni working for local agriculture-related companies and how their work helps provide the best food possible for NC State students, faculty and staff.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

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. An interpretive sign was also installed at the location of one of the university's 50,000-gallon underground water cisterns to help explain how cisterns aid in water conservation.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The sustainability map exists in two forms: a printed version and an online version, which is consistently updated as new sustainable features are added to campus. Among the features included are: LEED buildings, electric vehicle charging stations, beehives, pizza box composting stations, community gardens, water quality and conservation projects, solar energy, car sharing locations, bike resources and real-time energy use dashboards.


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

WolfTrails is NC State's program on alternative transportation. The program's web-based guide offers comprehensive campus resources (mobile apps, maps, videos, etc.) on bicycling, walking, using the campus or regional bus system, carpooling, vanpooling, and teleworking. Commuter incentives are also detailed.


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

Bicyclists have access to maps of greenways and bike resources on campus (such as bike lockers and fix-it stations), as well as a slideshow of how to load and unload a bike from a bus' bike rack. Pedestrians have access to campus maps with estimated walking times, greenway maps, a fitness walking app and safety tips.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Green Living Guide was produced in partnership with University Housing, which co-promotes the resources. The Guide incorporates action items associated with the campus wide sustainability awareness campaign known as Change Your State.


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The university's annual sustainability report tracks progress toward completion of goals identified in the university's 2011 Strategic Sustainability Plan. A limited number of reports are printed, and the information is converted into an online version of the report for the Sustainability at NC State website.


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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 (2nd material):

The university's sustainability awareness campaign called Change Your State produces occasional, targeted outreach materials such as cards, door hangers or other printed material. Whenever possble, electronic outreach materials are preferred, such as electronic signs and a blog that averages 4,000+ views each month.


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