Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.89
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Saint Mary's College of California
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Riley Smith
Sustainability Director
Student Life
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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 No
Building signage that highlights green building features No
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 No
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 Yes
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 central sustainability portal is a page within the larger Saint Mary's College Website. Easily accessed from the home page under 'About Saint Mary's: Our Commitments', sustainability is one of three meta commitments - Inclusive Excellence, Sustainability and Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Upon accessing the page, viewers are given access to a number of sub-directories including information specific for students,overview of the campus' Sustainability Committee, access to specific Education and Research Initiatives that support sustainability, as well as highlights of on-campus initiatives, an archive of related news, and how to connect to sustainability programs.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Two versions of our monthly newsletter are distributed to students and employees (faculty/staff) regarding our sustainability programs and initiatives, respectively.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

Saint Mary's College's provides social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for students to share updates and notifications as well as lessons learned relative to sustainability.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Sodexo, the vendor that provides food services to Saint Mary's College provides extensive signage in the dining hall on healthy alternatives, reducing consumption and waste and sustainable sourcing.

Signage includes emphasis on waste reduction, a closed loop approach to waste composting, how to select healthier food alternatives and to eat more balanced meals.

http://www.stmarys-cadining.com/sustainability/index.html


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:
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The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

A sustainability walking map is found in our annual report (last released, April 2014), which is present at Admissions tours. In addition, Student Ambassadors are provided annual training on SMC's efforts to ensure that our sustainability tour is conveyed to prospective new students and families.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Located on the campus website, options for commuters and on campus students wishing to get off campus have access to information on local alternative transportation routes. The fact that local commuter buses are free to students is clearly displayed. A connecting shuttle to BART (the regional rapid transit system), specifically for students at night and weekends is also highlighted.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

N/A


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

The Green Gael Certification Manual began in Fall 2015 and is a quiz that educates and motivates students to consider various sustainable (green) living behaviors. Over a 100 have completed the quiz, with over 80% becoming certified.

Additionally, with a direct link from the Sustainability for Students web page, Saint Mary's utilizes third party published materials on how to live green in the campus dorm.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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 Collegian, Saint Mary's College campus newspaper features both current activities and initiatives while also providing helpful tips to students for how to reduce their environmental footprint.


The website URL for 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):

The Legacy Garden Manager provides regular outreach and communication via email to the student body on practices and sustainable living, as showcased by the campus Legacy Garden. The outreach is sent to a listserv of students, faculty and staff that have expressed interest in the garden and green living.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
No

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

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No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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