Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Michael Gulich
Submission Date March 27, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Purdue University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Michael Gulich
Director of University Sustainability
University 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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

The Purdue Sustainability website is the currently undergoing a major renovation incorporating a new look. However, during the last fiscal year the Sustainability website has been the central for all aspects of sustainability information on campus. It included information pertaining to events on campus and in the community, what Purdue is doing to address sustainability issues, sustainability-focused student organization, tips for reducing your environmental footprint, and general information about Purdue's energy systems.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

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Does the institution have 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 Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI) includes The Purdue Energy Center, The Purdue Center for the Environment, The Purdue Climate Change Research Center, The Purdue Water Community, and The Purdue Center for Global Food Security. The GSI provides opportunities for collaboration between students and faculty in research on sustainability. The websites for the GSI and the individual research centers promote the publishing and dissemination of associated student research.


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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 :

As a LEED Innovation in Design credit, a Green Education Program was developed for Purdue's First LEED Certified Building, the Roger B. Gatewood Wing. In addition to brochures and tours for visitors, the LEED certification plaque is on display with a narrative. A unique feature of the building is the interactive green education kiosk. The electronic, kiosk in the lobby of the Gatewood Wing leads visitors on a self‐guided tour through various screens describing the important sustainability measures applied to the building.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
No

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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

For Green Week, the Boiler Green Initiative student group put together a map for a self-guided tour of Purdue's sustainable stormwater management strategies. This tour includes stops at the Pao Hall bioswale, Horticulture permeable paving, Hillel House rain garden, Stadium bioswales, Schleman green roof, and Armory parking lot improvements. The map includes additional information about these projects. The map is available online at all times for self-guided tours. During Green Week, however, there were also signs posted at each location with more information.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

The Purdue Parking, Airport, and Transportation Service gathered a list of alternative commuting options for the West Lafayette area with links to the associated websites.


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

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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

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

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The Sustainability at Purdue Facebook page was created in an attempt to better engage Purdue students. Information about sustainability-related activities is posted on Facebook. There is a link to the Facebook page from the Purdue Sustainability website.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

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The Office of University Sustainability manages a Twitter account @SustainPurdue to help reach students and publicize events


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

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The Office of University Sustainability maintains a YouTube channel with video uploads and playlists related to sustainability at Purdue.


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