Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.71
Liaison Greg Kozak
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The sustainNU staff runs the sustainability monthly newsletter, which is sent to approximately 4,723 NU students, faculty, staff and community members. The newsletter includes tips for sustainable living, upcoming events, and updates on environmental developments on campus. The majority of these announcements are archived on sustainNU’s news page:

sustainNU staff manages active Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages, which focus on environmental news and opportunities at Northwestern, in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
See these here:

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern manages Facebook and Twitter accounts that focus on curriculum and research related to sustainability.

See these here:

Additionally, ISEN has a newsletter and Empower magazine, which informs and inspires dialogue around current issues in sustainability and energy at Northwestern.

See these here:

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

All LEED Certified buildings prominently display USGBC plaques. Silverman Hall also includes a sustainability dashboard that highlights the green features of the building.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A sustainability tour is offered each year for the Alumni Reunion. A sustainability map is available online.

See the online sustainability maps here:

sustainNU has also offered sustainability walking tours of the trees on campus as part of our tree stewardship programs for Tree Campus USA status.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

sustainNU maintains a series of webpages under the header “Live Sustainably.” These webpages offer tips for conserving energy, saving water, eating sustainably, and purchasing consciously whether on or off campus.

See the “Live Sustainably” webpages here:

Additionally, sustainNU has published news articles specifically for on-campus students. One example is the, “Ten Tips for Sustainable Living at Northwestern” which highlights on campus recycling practices, laundry, energy efficient lighting, bicycle programs, and more.

See the full article here:

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

In Our Nature magazine is Northwestern’s first environmental publication. Run entirely online, the magazine aims to make environmental issues interesting and accessible to the Northwestern community by reporting in ways that are engaging and entertaining. The magazine runs video, print, audio, interactive and photo content and publishes daily.

sustainNU also maintains email lists for sustainable student group leaders and members of Green Office teams, in order to send out newsletters and opportunities to segmented members of the sustainable campus community.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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