Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.85
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Principia College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter No
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 No
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 No
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
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 No

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Principia College's Center for Sustainability website reviews the academic sustainability program and highlights sustainability measures/targets/achievements, student-led initiatives, and green living practices.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

There is no sustainability newsletter per se, but the Facilities Department publishes a (typically) semi-annual newsletter that features energy efficiency upgrades, as well as notes related to sustainable landscaping, furnishings, transportation, etc.


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

The Center for Sustainability hosts an active Facebook page dedicated to sustainability-focused events, projects and achievements on campus. The Principia Beekeeping Association also maintains an active Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/principiabeekeepers/ The Sustainability Club maintains a Facebook group to facilitate real-time communication, and posts videos (e.g., aquaponics 'how to') on the college's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz9EEcL1as0 A student-maintained Pinterest site (https://www.pinterest.com/amandamilhous/) highlights sustainable products and life choices.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Student research on sustainability primarily takes place in the context of their capstone (required independent project for the Sustainability minor). These documents are shared by the Center for Sustainability to interested faculty, staff, and academic and operational departments. They are also available from the Center for Sustainability upon request. In the future, the goal is to have these publications (or a representative sampling) posted to the Center for Sustainability website.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Certificates and logos of certifying companies/organizations indicating sustainable food, food preparation, food waste practices, and recycling/composting are placed in the "scramble room" (hot meal line), the main dining hall, and the Piasa Pub.


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

Signage designates the Community Garden, Three Rivers Community Farm, and native garden spaces around campus. A recent planting of native Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) as a berm around an athletic building parking expansion was labeled (hand painted sign) as such by the Department of Facilities.


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

The Sustainability Walking Tour was developed by a student for her sustainability capstone project. The tour highlights many of the ways that Principia College uses sustainable operational methods, purchasing policies, and water and energy use. Participants follow a colorful published Guide that tours them through the campus and provides details on sustainability aspects at each stop. The Tour is based on the 10 One Planet Principles.


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

We are a rural campus without on-campus access to bus or rail lines, but many staff and faculty live nearby and walk or bike as their primary commuting mode. The student body is 100% resident and many use skate/longboards, bikes or Razor scooters to get from their residence hall to class.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Every student residence has a formal "how to" guide posted in the laundry room, the computer/study room(s), and the bathrooms that provide sustainable ideas/alternatives for students to consider when performing everyday tasks. These focus on energy and water use, recycling, composting, paper use, etc. Every residence also has an elected Eco Head to monitor sustainability outreach and results, mentor their peers, and innovate new programming.


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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):
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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):

There are two large (4 x 8 ft) bulletin boards in the entrance hallway of the Science Building dedicated to displaying campus sustainability news; e.g., recycling/composting, summer internships, current events, ongoing projects (aquaponics, beekeeping), field trips, speakers, etc.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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