Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.33
Liaison Gener Abdon
Submission Date July 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

San Diego State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gener Abdon
AASHE STARS student intern
Office of Sustainability
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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):
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The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The monthly newsletter serves to highlight our office, our initiatives, our events, job opportunities, and resources offered through the university. It reminds people that we are here as an office and promote our sustainable successes to the community audience for this platform. It shows the value of our organization and the work that Facilities Services does while giving students a better idea of their options after college.


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 Office of Sustainability have Facebook, Instagram (the website URL that is provided below), and Twitter accounts. It's co-managed by the student interns and the Energy & Sustainability Officer. We post about on/off-campus sustainability-related events.

Other sustainability-related student organizations also have their own social media platforms.


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?:
Yes

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

We work with University Strategic Communications (STRATCOMM) & Daily Aztec to highlight efforts and breakthroughs. This gets our information to a larger audience of the whole university and invites new contributors to get involved.


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:

SDSU's NewsCenter publish stories about sustainability-related research/initiatives that students, faculty, and staff are engaged in.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

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

In the Conrad Preby's Student Union on campus, there is signage that shows how it is a United States' Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Double Platinum certified building in Planning, Design, and Construction along with Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. The building also has interactive dashboards in the hallways educating students, faculty, staff, and community members about the building's green infrastructure and features.


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:

Duane Buske highlights the sustainable achievements of Aztec Shops such as Green Restaurant Certification and signage that publicizes its sustainability-related efforts. More information can be found in the website URL below.


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:

For the fountains in the Conrad Preby's Student Union, there are signs that explain how the fountains only use collected rainwater.


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:

From the website URL below:

"Take a campus tour with the added benefit of learning about all of SDSU’s sustainable features. Whether you are new to campus or know it well, the campus sustainability walking tour will offer a refreshing view of campus by sharing with you the sustainable resources and gems of campus. Inspire your inner sustainability and sign up now."


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:

The Office of Sustainability provides sustainable methods of transportation information on their website.


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:

SDSU has a main bike lane on-campus, and there are also bicycle fix stations throughout.


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?:
Yes

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

San Diego State University's Green Room Certification takes all aspects of sustainability into account within ones living space. From energy and waste management to offering sustainable alternatives to daily habits, this comprehensive guide will provide residents with ways in which to implement environmentally conscious practices starting at home. Residents will take an initial survey to become Green Room Certified and, once completed, their living space will undergo periodical inspections by the Housing Sustainability Intern. Becoming part of San Diego State's Greenhouse will allow residents to be entered in various giveaways throughout the year and to be provided with sustainable swag for their contributions to campus-wide sustainability efforts.


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

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Our office hosts a radio show weekly on our college radio station (KCR College Radio). We invite interns to share progress and work, have a guest speaker outside of office once a month, and serves as another avenue to outreach about campus news and environmental news in general.


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

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