Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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Raritan Valley Community College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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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 Yes
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 Yes
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 Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience No
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The faculty Sustainability Committee developed a web site that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts. At the time of this writing, there are pages detailing our sustainability awards and agreements, courses, activities, community service, facilities, gardens, the Sustainability Committee, recycling, food, transportation, and news.

http://www.raritanval.edu/community/forum/sustain/home.html


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Sue Dorward, Sustainability Coordinator, regularly sends out emails about alternative transportation and water quality. The alternative transportation information is provided by RideWise, our local transportation management association. The water quality information is provided by the NJ Water Supply Authority's River Friendly program.


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

The Environmental Club has a Facebook page.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Each year Raritan Valley Community College's "Nota Bene" celebrates the power of imagination by showcasing outstanding student work from across our curriculum. The sustainability-related entries from 2014 include "Collective Struggle through the Eyes of a Lakota Woman" and "Modern Day Slavery: Far from Over".

Students can also publish their work on RVCC's sustainability web site. Slides from Angela Bodino's "Focus on Nature" English composition class's 2011 presentations are linked to from the News page.

http://www.raritanval.edu/academics/events/nb.html


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

There is a sign for the green wall in the Bateman Student Center.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Our food service is outsourced to CulinArt, which has posters and signs prominently displayed in the cafeteria and cafe detailing their sustainability efforts. They also have brochures about composting. CulinArt will provide students with coffee grounds for composting, and gives a discount to students who bring reusable containers for their coffee. They feature organic blend and fair trade coffees and local produce, use biodegradable and eco-friendly disposable containers (no Styrofoam), collect organics for off-site composting, reclaim used cooking oil for biofuel conversion, and reduce water usage and waste.

http://www.raritanval.edu/community/forum/sustain/food_services.html


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

Signs are posted about our no-mow grassy areas, native plant garden, rain garden, and butterfly garden.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

This tour map was created by the ENVI202 Geographic Information Systems class. (Click on the map icon.) It highlights many sustainability-related locations on campus, including the cogeneration plant, green roof, rain garden, and car charging stations.


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

Information about bus service and carpooling are available on the RVCC transportation page.


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

The Record participated in Campus Sustainability Day 2014 (hosting a composting and recycling activity) and wrote an associated article. Editor Christian Rosario and reporter Jason Ferrera both write sustainability articles. Jason attends Environmental Sustainability Committee meetings as well.

http://www.rvcctherecord.com/2014/10/21/sustainability-fair-set-to-explain-campus-environmental-plans/
http://www.rvcctherecord.com/2014/10/17/science-center-expansion-set-to-break-ground/


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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

Posters with bus schedules are displayed across campus. Bus schedules are provided at the Welcome Center kiosk.


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