Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.52
Liaison Gina Talt
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Princeton University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shana Weber
Director
Office of 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 (optional):

The Office of Sustainability’s website features information related to three categories: Pathways to Leadership, Explore Campus as Lab, and View Progress. The Pathways to Leadership section provides information to students about how they can get involved in sustainability through green funding opportunities and their coursework, internships, and extracurricular activities. The section includes a special focus on the concept that each of these actions gives students the opportunity to be a leader within the campus community. Next, the Campus as Lab section showcases student research, live energy data, Princeton-based research questions, a campus Green Tour, and a page about the educational, interactive GreenSpace kiosk exhibit installed in the student center. Lastly, the View Progress section is designed to highlight campus sustainability improvements, goals, and next steps.

The website also includes information about upcoming events, news announcements, and sustainability groups that are open to faculty and staff.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability distributes an issue of the sustainability newsletter once per month during the academic year. The newsletter features news, updates, Campus as Lab updates, upcoming events. Each newsletter features a “Sustainability Leader Profiles” where the Office interviews a campus community member who has engaged in sustainability on campus and/or in their personal lives.

Anyone is able to subscribe to the Office of Sustainability newsletter, including community members. Alternatively, all newsletter articles are available for full viewing on the Sustainability website.


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:

The Office of Sustainability maintains Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts. Each of the accounts focuses on sustainability as it relates to Princeton. Additionally, the Office uses the accounts to publicize any related campus events and to highlight student initiatives and University sustainability progress.

The YouTube account houses videos created by the Office of Sustainability and the Student Environmental Communication Network. This Network is comprised of student interns who make videos about sustainability features on campus, living green, and more.


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?:
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 Princeton Environmental Institute's website and Grand Challenges fall forum provide venues for publishing and disseminating student research on sustainability. The Office of Sustainability's website features a 'Campus as Lab' section which includes a listing of sustainability-related research questions to help promote and facilitate pursuing such research on campus.


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 :

The University currently has installed on campus three Wattvision dashboards that highlight sustainable building features. In addition, in virtually all restrooms on campus, dual-flush signage has been installed atop toilets that provides instructions for their use.


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:

Princeton Campus Dining uses several icons to educate the campus community about its sustainable food offerings. The following sustainability-related icons and color codes are displayed electronically for “Today's Menu” listings:
-Vegan
-Vegetarian
-Earth Friendly Entrée (At least 80 percent of an entree contains sustainable, organic or local ingredients)
-Conscious Cuisine Choice (Meets Conscious Cuisine Requirements; for definition, see https://www.princeton.edu/us/dining/nutrition/healthy/#comp00004aae8f4c00000020986a36)
-Low Carbon Emissions
-Medium Carbon Emissions
-High Carbon Emissions


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

“Designated Naturalization Area” signage


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Princeton’s Campus Green Tour which highlights sustainable operational and academic initiatives, is available online. The online green tour includes a google map with several stops, as well as student-created videos of select stops.
Additionally, the Office of Sustainability provides year-round campus Green Tours for the campus community. These tours are led by students or Office staff members.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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:

Transportation and Parking Services produced "Going Places: A Car-free Guide to Princeton University" for campus community members to spread the word about alternative transportation programs and incentives. The publication is available online and in relevant offices for campus commuters.


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:

Transportation and Parking Services produced a map for bicyclists; the map serves pedestrians equally well. The publication is available online and in relevant offices for campus commuters.


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:

The Office of Sustainability offers a Green Your Dorm guide with tips on how to incorporate sustainability into the everyday student residential living experience. The guide is distributed to all first year students during Orientation and the EcoReps refer to the guide during sustainability study breaks.


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:

The Office of Sustainability reports Princeton’s annual progress toward its sustainability goals on their website.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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