Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Kristyn Achilich
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Kristyn Achilich
Director and Instructor
Center for the Environment; Education
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

Actually we have several ways to promote sustainability - the Farm has a newsletter, and the Farm, Natural Area and Teaching Gardens, as well as the Center for the Environment, all have Instagram accounts, and we cross-post items of interest, nearly all related to sustainability in one way or another. There is also an Energy newsletter, created this year by our Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) intern.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

There is signage about sustainability throughout campus. Temporary signage regarding proper recycling and composting practices and how our facilities support them can be found near virtually all receptacles on campus (in academic halls, the mailroom, student centers, dorms, dining areas, printers, etc.). In addition to laminated posters which are put out at the beginning of each semester, we have also created permanent signage that point out sustainable aspects of our campus (e.g., geothermal installations, efficient storm water conservation system, Farm, Natural Area).

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

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

Students are educated during orientation as first years and during their first residence hall meetings of the year on how to access sustainable resources how to: remove their waste from their rooms, compost, access the bus and bike systems around the community; in addition we emphasize the benefits to using reusable water bottles and bottle filling stations, and their own coffee mugs in the eateries. A student intern put together a Go Green Living Guide (which has
been used by neighboring campuses as well) that provides information and tips for students on how to live a sustainable lifestyle on campus and beyond. The guide is available to download from the Sustainability website.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The Center for the Environment has created a Guide to Sustainability on campus brochure available for every new student (student edition) and new employee (faculty & staff edition).
Campus planting initiative: https://www.smcvt.edu/about-smc/news/2021/may/planting-events-foster-growth-across-st-mikes-campus/

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The new website created when we transformed our Office of Sustainability to a more holistic education program (now the Center for the Environment) serves as a home for all of these materials and resources. The Center's Instagram page shares information about these resources as well as those that pop up throughout the year in the community.

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