Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Northern Michigan University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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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):

Sustainable NMU is a website which houses information on the background of the Sustainability Advisory Committee at NMU, as well as details on the various projects, initiatives, academics/operations programs related to sustainability, and other information on how sustainability is promoted at NMU.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of 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?:
No

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:
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The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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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

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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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 NMU Commons at NMU Institutional Repositories (IRs) brings together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. NMU students can use the Commons as a vehicle for conference papers, presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere. See below for more information on the NMU Commons.

http://commons.nmu.edu/about.html

Additionally, NMU recognizes and honors the achievements of students in the areas of research and creativity through their annual Celebration of Student Scholarship. Held each April, this symposium celebrates the scholarship, creativity, and academic service of both undergraduate and graduate students. This symposium features outstanding performers and award winners from all disciplines. Following the Showcase, award winners are recognized for the first, second, and third place winners in each category (e.g. undergrad, grad, etc.). See below for more info on the Celebration of Student Scholarship:

http://www.nmu.edu/studentcelebration/


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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 :

NMU has various building signage which highlights green features of buildings on campus. These include signage indicating LEED certification obtained in construction of certain buildings, signage indicating availability of single-sort recycling, and signage showing the number of bottled water containers saved from use of water bottle refilling stations.


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:

NMU has signage in all dining halls indicating sustainable practices employed. For example, one sign highlights the use of local food providers by showing the providers' locations on a map of the state of Michigan. Another sign provides information on NMU's partnership with a local farm to provide 100% of NMU's eggs using cage-free, grass fed chickens.

Additionally, NMU's dining website includes information on the Dine Responsibly program at NMU and the related sustainability initiatives. See below for more information on NMU Dine Responsibly:

http://meet.nmu.edu/dining/?page_id=104


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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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:

NMU has designated "no mow zones" across campus to promote sustainable landscaping and save energy/reduce emissions. No mow zones are marked with signs describing the benefits of leaving the location unmowed.


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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:

NMU offers tours and information on its LEED certified green buildings. These tours includes information on various sustainably-designed features and their benefits/purposes. A brochure is included which lists these features that are part of toured buildings (see attached).


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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:
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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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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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