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Liaison Rebecca Quesnell
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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Roosevelt University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Maria Cancilla
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Physical Resources
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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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 Yes
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 No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Roosevelt's central sustainability website, "Green Campus," focuses on the institution's sustainability inititatives, community partnerships, and news on current sustainability-related events occurring at the institution or in the wider Chicagoland community. The site also provides links to Roosevelt's Sustainability Studies Program and the "SUST @ RU Blog." The "Community" section of the site introduces the staff, faculty and Environmental Sustainability Student Associates involved with the institution's sustainability efforts.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The institution's sustainability newsletter/blog, the "SUST @ RU Blog," highlights sustainability-related news taking place at the instituion with a particular focus on student efforts and achievements regarding sustainability. SUST @ RU also has subcategories for students, faculty and staff to explore, which include fellowships, restoration, internships, policy, field trips, and many more.

https://rusustain.wordpress.com

RU also has the Roosevelt Green Campus Blog, which is linked to the RU Green Campus website. Most of the news and events on this blog are reported by Environmental Sustainability Student Associates or other members of the Physical Resources department.

https://rooseveltgreencampus.wordpress.com/


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

Roosevelt utilizes Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to communicate sustainability happenings on and around campus:

https://www.facebook.com/rusustain

https://twitter.com/rugreencampus

https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/320143114/


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

Students report their sustainability research under the "Research" subcategory of the SUST @ RU Blog. Students share data and experiences from internships, classes and sustainability projects in this section of the blog.


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

Unter the title: "We've Gone Green!" The Wabash LEED Gold certified green building contains signage that describes how this building achieved this certification - from its water/energy saving technologies to tracking how much is being conserved, and how much usage has been reduced, to employing the MyBed sustainable mattress system, to utilizing natural lighting, to its recycling and waste technologies. Unter the same title,

The Schaumburg campus also has signage highlighting green building features: Using only low VOC paints, adhesives, carpets and sealants; LED lighting; recycling programs and pervious pavement.


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

The dining center in the Wabash Building has signage in two areas under the theme of "Local Sustainable Roosevelt": The coffee area contains signage regarding the Metropolis coffee - fair trade-grown and locally roasted. And near an exit, there are signs to encourage students not to dump their trays into the garbage, but return them to the tray racks so every food scrap, container and utensil can be composted. Additionally, there is signage that illustrates the composting process with graphics. Finally, there is signage that describes the organic community garden at the Schaumburg campus and the organic rooftop garden at the Chicago campus as local food systems that are increasing their production each growing season.


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

There are multiple signs on the Schaumburg campus - inside and out - that show the many features of RU's Sustainable Landscape Plan. Signage in the Schaumburg lobby describes each sustainable landscaping initiative. On the grounds, there are signs to point out each feature: Tree Campus USA/Arboretum, Certified Wildlife Habitat, Native Plants Prairie Walk, Butterfly and Rain Gardens, Pervious Pavement in the courtyards, etc.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Anyone can take a virtual tour with photos of the Chicago Campus' Wabash Building and learn about all of its sustainable features. The Center for Student Involvement also points out sustainable building features in its new student orientation Chicago Campus tours, and RU's Physical Resources department has published a guide that points out the sustainable features of the Wabash Building.


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

The new student orientation provides RU's commuting students with a brochure on different methods of public transportation for traveling to and from campus. The orientation also includes a commuter meeting that goes further into depth on the various public transportation options, as well as guidelines on how to use them, and how to be safe when taking public transportation.


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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

When students, faculty and staff reserve their spot in the RU Bike Room or sign up for discounted DIVVY Bike Sharing service, they receive a free copy of the "Chicago Bike Map" produced by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). The map assists bike riders in finding bike lanes throughout the city, illustrates the different types of Bikeways in Chicago, and offers tips in theft protection, general bike saftey and even how to transport your bike on public transit.


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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):

Under the caption, "Social Justice in Action," near the Wabash Building's dining center, there is a bulletin board dedicated to Sustainability at Roosevelt. At a glance, students can monitor RU's progress as a sustainable institution and find plenty of ways to get involved with sustainability at RU.

Under the heading of "NEWS" are articles from local newspapers in which sustainability at RU is featured.

Under the heading of "EVENTS" are current and recent sustainability events, such as BIKE2Campus.

Under the heading of "REPORTS" are current waste diversion / recycling reports for both the Auditorium and Wabash buildings.

Additionally, symbols of all sustainability certifications and memberships are posted so students can see which organizations have recognized RU for its sustainability efforts (USGBC LEED Gold & Silver, Tree Campus USA, etc.)

The board is sponsored by the Physical Resources department.


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