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Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

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Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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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 Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
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 Yes
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
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A brief description of the central sustainability website:

SCU's sustainability website is built upon the framework set by the University's Comprehensive Policy on Sustainability, and aligns with STARS. The website categorizes information into Get Involved, Education and Research, Campus Operations, Community Engagement, Commitments and Policies and Campus Partners.

The website also highlights the University's Climate Neutrality Action Plan, service learning opportunities, FAQs, as well as upcoming events on campus and in the community. The website is a resource for students along with faculty and staff that helps foster a culture of sustainability throughout campus.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Santa Clara University's Center for Sustainability publishes a monthly "Sustainability Update" online, which is e-mailed to most students, faculty, and staff. The Sustainability Update highlights sustainability-related projects, news and events around campus, and throughout the community. The e-newsletter also profiles students, faculty and staff that go out of their way to promote sustainability, and offers tips and information on how to live more sustainably.


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

The Center for Sustainability maintains an online social media presence via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sustainabilityatscu
Twitter: @SustainableSCU
Instagram: @SustainableSCU
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/sustainabilityintern
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sustainablescu/


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Sustainability website houses student research from courses, fellowships, and the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project.


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

Signage is located in many venues across campus. The Commons at Kennedy Mall is SCU's sustainable design demonstration building. The Commons is a living lab that the University uses for classes, meetings, as well as a testing ground for sustainable components that may be used in upcoming projects. Signs throughout the building highlight the sustainable building features. Signage throughout campus indicate that landscaping is watered with recycled water. There are also informational signs near all waste bins (landfill, recycling, and compost).


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

Throughout the Marketplace, SCU's main dining hall, Dining Services by Bon Appetit posts information about local agriculture and other ways diners can reduce their carbon footprint through the way they eat. Bon Appetit also provides brochures about their sustainable food initiatives, including the Circle of Responsibility (Farm to Fork, In Balance, Low Fat, Organic, Seafood Watch, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Well Being options).


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

Signage throughout campus indicates that landscaping is watered with recycled water.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The tour emphasizes efforts to maintain environmental justice and sustainability, highlighting some of the sustainability elements of Santa Clara University which contribute to the goal of being carbon neutral by the end of 2015. Stops include the Mission Church, Solar Decathlon houses (2007 and 2009 3rd place winners), the Forge Garden, the many alternative energy sources used on campus and much more.


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

Yes, SCU Transportation website provides commuters with an alternative transportation guide.


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

CF Sustainability Liaisons collaborate with the Center for Sustainability to further develop a culture of sustainability within Santa Clara University’s residential learning communities. A sampling of programs during the 2012-13 academic year include: hosting an event for the "Zero-Power Hour "in their residence hall during the Energy Challenge, creating sustainability-themed bulletin boards and sharing them with other CF Liaisons, organizing resident field trips to the local farmers' market, and organizing resident volunteer days at the campus garden.


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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 campus weekly newspaper regularly features articles and opinion pieces about sustainability.


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