Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Pacific University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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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):

This website gives students and the community the opportunity to learn more about our sustainability commitment: our five LEED-certified buildings, permaculture project, bike rental program, organic and local food options, dorm composting, and the incredible research that our faculty and students are currently involved in.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The CSS maintains an electronic Facebook page, and updates to our website. We participate monthly in the campus-wide e-newsletter for Pacific, that reaches all faculty, staff, and students.


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:

Center for Sustainable Society has a Facebook and Instagram account that directly relates to sustainability. The Students for Environmental Activism club also have Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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:

We provide a story once/twice per month regarding our activities. This begins with the blurbs to the e-newsletter, and then the larger stories appear in print.


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:

Pacific can post student coursework on "Common Knowledge" and there is also an undergraduate research journal where students can submit papers for review/publication:
http://commons.pacificu.edu/pnwestjurca/


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 :

We have building signage about the green building features in Berglund Center and other LEED certified buildings


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:

The dining services provides signs of where the local food in the cafeteria is coming from. It also has a monthly rotating sign by the dish drop and garbage that addresses sustainable food and waste topics. We have begun a buying policy for hyper local food purchasing, and feature our growers once per semester in a community event. We have been recognized by our local Chamber of Commerce for our sustainable dining service.


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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

Pacific encourages students to rent a bike or use public transportation, in order to increase sustainability.
Pacific also has Zip Cars on campus students can use when needing to travel long distances.
There is also a Ride Connection bus that travels a 20 minute loop from campus to several stops in Forest Grove (the grocery store being the big one) that students can use for free.
Students and staff can receive discounted bus passes.

https://www.pacificu.edu/about/campuses-locations/forest-grove-campus/getting-here


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:

Trail and bike info provided by our outdoor education center, Outdoor Pursuits.


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:

Pacific has a resident green building handbook that provides information about sustainability in the resident halls
A green building handbook existed as part of the LEED certification of Burlingham Hall when it was opened in 2006. That handbook is still available on the hall’s informational page: https://www.pacificu.edu/housingdining/housing/residence-halls/burlingham-hall#green
Here’s a synopsis from the site: “Learn how Burlingham was built to be smarter, greener and packed with futuristic innovation through its Green Building Handbook (pdf). The book also gives residents tips on sustainable living.”


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:

We host 3 external sustainability events/semester for the Forest Grove public, and serve on the local sustainability commission.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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