Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.71
Liaison Kristina Bryan
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Saint Louis University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amy Hargis
Project Analyst
Sustainability & Benchmarking
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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 (optional):

The Office of Sustainability and Benchmarking website (greenbilliken.slu.edu) serves as a centralized sustainability hub for the campus community. The website features initiatives and programs implemented on campus along with events and news stories occurring in and around the campus. The website is regularly updated with new information and links to other departments and organizations on campus that focus on sustainability.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Starting in 2014, the Office of Sustainability & Benchmarking began releasing a monthly SLUstainability newsletter to subscribers, in order to centralize sustainability communication on-campus. The newsletter features events and activities that occurred over the last month and is a resource for individuals about upcoming events. In addition, the newsletter features tips about how to implement sustainability into individuals' daily lives.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

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

The Green Billikens (student group) utilizes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to engage students, faculty, and staff about activities and events occurring on campus. It is also utilized to publicize the sustainability efforts of other departments and organizations.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The topic may be covered incidentally, but there is no regular and defined sustainability beat. There are one or two articles or editorials in the student newspaper (The Unews) covering the topic of campus sustainability each year. Generally the coverage relates to new sustainability initiatives or closer examination of the effectiveness and viability of existing sustainability efforts. The below link will display articles containing sustainability via a simple search.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce 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:

Student and faculty projects are highlighted on the Center for Sustainablity website, in the campus-wide Newslink, and in traditional research journals and conference proceedings. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in the annual Graduate Student Association Research Symposium is held each year during the spring semester.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

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

Facilities Services' Energy and Utilities Strategic Action Team is in the process of designing signage to highlight energy and utility strategies implemented in buildings around campus.

Currently, Facilities Services includes sustainable features of projects online.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

Fresh Gatherings Cafe on the Medical School campus provides information on the benefits of sustainable food systems. The cafe procures produce from local farmers year round. Names of the farms and the produce that they sell to the cafe are listed on the daily menu. (https://www.slu.edu/doisy/clinics-and-community/fresh-gatherings.php)

Signage in dining halls provides information about food waste and sustainable, reusable products offered for a meal-the-go; during Weigh the Waste events students are able to sign sustainability pledges that provide tips on preventing food waste.

The Universities dining vendor, DineSLU, offers students the ability to view online menus for vegan, vegetarian and other healthier options. In addition, the DineSLU nutritionist and sustainability intern are available on campus to help verify information. DineSLU also provides information on their website about what they are doing on campus to make dining more sustainable. (http://slu.campusdish.com/Sustainability.aspx).

DineSLU hosts events such as Farm to Fork biennially to test products that would expand students sustainable dining options.

DineSLU also updates menu screens dining locations featuring food information. These changes were made to increase the awareness about the menu options and clearly identify vegan, vegetarian and made without gluten items. These menu screens are a great visual representation of the menu options. For more specific nutrition information, go up to the station and look at the nutritional cards placed at each specific menu item. These cards provide more in-depth information on calories, fat, protein, sugar, sodium and more. For students following a gluten-free diet, look for the newly added Made-Without-Gluten station and little signs peppered throughout the other stations (https://slu.campusdish.com/EatWellContent/MenuCommitments.aspx)".


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

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

SLU maintains a pervious parking area, green roof, a native garden, rain barrel sites, a teaching orchard, and community urban garden. Some of these sites include signage and labeling. In addition, the Office of Sustainability and Benchmarking is working with the Grounds department to create signage at all these locations in addition to using signage when they use organic fertilizer in the flower beds further demonstrating their sustainable methods of practice.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

In 2014, the Office of Sustainability and Benchmarking created a Campus Sustainability Map highlighting sustainability initiatives on campus. Some items included on the map are: solar arrays, exterior recycling bins, water bottle filling stations, native gardens, shuttle stops, public transit stops, bike paths, and much more. The map, which includes all three Saint Louis campus locations was updated in 2015 to include additional sustainable campus features. Some of these additions include a food service location certified by the Green Dining Alliance, a program based out of the local, non-profit St. Louis Earth Day and solar arrays.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

Saint Louis University offers numerous options in traveling to and around campus.

A brief overview of transportation options available through SLU can be found on the transportation website, including information about programs such as carpooling, mass transit, and biking.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

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

Although no navigation information is directly available, Transportation Services provides alternative transportation information on their website for students. Information on the page provides tips about bicycle/pedestrian safety provided by Bike St. Louis. In addition, the website provides a link to Trailnet and Great Rivers Greenways which provide resources for individuals to find the best routes in town as well as bicycle safety classes and resources.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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

N/A


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Saint Louis University produces an annual Campus Sustainability report that highlights all the past year's sustainability efforts. Topics covered in the report include planning, academics, operations, engagement, and recognition. Written by the Office of Sustainability of Benchmarking, sustainability stories contributed to the report can be submitted by every department, student group, and/or individual.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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