Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Enid Cardinal
Submission Date July 29, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Rochester Institute of Technology
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Enid Cardinal
Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President
Office of the President
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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:

rit.edu/sustainability is a comprehensive site that includes in information about the Institute's sustainability efforts across academics, operations, and outreach.


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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:

Academic Sustainable Papers
Academic papers are important part of RIT scholarship. Utilizing DSpace software, the Library has created an institutionalized repository that is open to all faculty and students, for both posting and reading access. The collection is searchable by title, author, subject or date. Visitors can access the collection by completion of an on-line registration. Sustainable collections are organized under RIT Green Sustainability Papers and have two categories addressing faculty and student scholarships. Those categories can be found by typing RIT Green in the search window of RIT’s Digital Media Library (DML), which can be accessed by the following link: http://library.rit.edu/collections/rits-digital-media-library-dml.html


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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 :

Each LEED certified building has a LEED demonstration wall which contains details of process and achievements of the puilding, including the LEED plaque. Those walls contain also a LED screen providing instructional materials about energy efficiency measures and energy performance of the building.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

Smart Nutrition, a comprehensive nutrition program RIT Dining Services has developed to educate and assist the RIT community with eating well on campus. Meatless Monday, part of this initiate, highlights vegetarian options for both their health and environmental benefits.

In addition, Dining Services has posters at each location that highlights some of their sustainability efforts at an operational level.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

Native plants and grasses planted around buildings are marked with signs showing seed names of each specimen.

There is also signage near some of the wetlands on campus identifying common plant and animal species as well as


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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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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 Institute is committed to improve the vehicular and pedestrian movements on campus. The recently completed Comprehensive Parking and Transportation Strategy focuses on the analysis of opportunities and improvements in the existing transportation patterns, bus and shuttle transit services, parking allocations, and advancements in bike and pedestrian traffic. These new initiatives are part of a coordinated effort to introduce sustainable Travel Demand Management (TDM) techniques to our community.


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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)?:
Yes

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:

REPORTERONLINE is a student-edited weekly magazine presented on line and in limited printing edition to conserve natural resources. The magazine futures articles on sustainability- releted issues and achievements of the university. http://reportermag.com/files/4400.pdf


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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 NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT publishes a semiannual newsletter highlighting its new initiatives and research.


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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:

University News publishes a bimonthly Institute-wide newsletter that includes at least one sustainability focused article in each edition.


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

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Rochester Institute of Technology has launched a publication dedicated to the study of environmental sustainability. The Journal for Environmental Sustainability has editorial staff from around the world and informational articles about understandings and trends within the field. It includes theoretical papers, applied research, case studies and commentaries by professionals in the field of environmental management


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