Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Gary Schmeisser
Submission Date July 30, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Saint Mary's University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Sustainability Assistant
Sustainability Assistant
Facilities Management
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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:

The main goals for creating a sustainability website was to help promote the concept of sustainability; to incorporate sustainability into our daily life; to communicate information about programs, activities and events on campus and to spread the concept of sustainability into our Saint Mary’s University community, the local community, Nova Scotia and the rest of the world. The site is designed to be informative about the ongoing sustainability related activities on campus.
The Green tip of the week can also be found on the website.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Saint Mary's has a Greening SMU Newsletter which is a monthly news letter that was produces to update the university & community about sustainability related issues. The newsletter can be found on the website or by e-mail subscription.


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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:

The Sustainable SMU website, Greening SMU Newsletter, Facbook page, is willing to publish or highlight student research on sustainability.


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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 :

We have developed a green map. Geography students have created a map that act as a green guide to campus that highlights green aspects to campus such as bus stops, recycle bins, nature, idle free zones, environmental education, and many others. This map was created using the green mapping system with universal symbols. There is also signage that highlights our organic and fair trade cafe and signage all over campus that show proper waste separation. The atrium signs show that it is a global learning environment. Idle free signs are posted outdoors around campus.


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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:

This online brochure explains the six areas in which ARAMARK (Saint Mary's Food services) has made a commitment to protecting and improving the environment. These areas include sustainable food, responsible procurement, waste management, energy & water, green buildings and transportation. The information about sustainable food focuses on buying local, sustainable agriculture and socially responsible products.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Saint Mary's has developed a Green Map. A poster of the map was created and unveiled during Sustainability Week which took place in March 2009, which is now avaliable online & can be seen in the atrium. This map shows the sustainable living, technology & design, culture & society and nature locations that can be found on campus.


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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:

As part of the Facilities Management website there is a section that point out the alternative methods of transportation. In this section there are links to website for the Halifax Metro Transit and Google Transit.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

In the residence hadbook there us a section on recycling that states.
It is expected that residents will familiarize themselves with the recycling and composting facilities and procedures within residence. Saint Mary’s is committed to waste reduction, and compliance with applicable provincial and municipal regulations, and expects residents to share this commitment


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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:

In every edition of The Journal (the schools newspaper) there is a green tip.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Sustainability at Saint Mary’s Re:generation has a group on Facebook to keep people up to date on events and information. We have over 450 'friends'.


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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:

Sustainability SMU can also be found on Twitter. The alumni has also probuded a newsletter that was sustainability focused. The faculty news letter also includes art ices on sustainability that are regularly featured.


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