Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.69
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Maria Judnick
Communication and Reporting Program Manager
Center for Sustainability
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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:

The University's Center for Sustainability publishes a quarterly e-newsletter called the "Sustainability Compass" that includes the latest from SCU's Sustainability Data Hub, resources to help the SCU community find their role in sustainability, and opportunities to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world. https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/about/newsletter/

Furthermore, SCU's Center for Sustainability maintains an online presence via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Youtube. These platforms are used to update followers on sustainability-themed events and projects on campus as well as to give sustainable actions they can take in their daily lives.

Facebook: facebook.com/sustainableSCU/
Instagram: instagram.com/sustainablescu/
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/scu-center-for-sustainability
Youtube: youtube.com/user/sustainabilityintern

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

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

Signs across campus identify water bottle filling stations and areas of landscape irrigated with recycled water.

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Sustainability Features Map is an interactive Google map that offers users the option to learn more about myriad sustainability initiatives across campus. Users can read about solar panels, sustainable buildings, bike parking, the organic community garden, and more. With this map, campus community members and visitors can use their smartphones to determine the nearest water filling station, compost bin, or most convenient bike rack. https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/takeaction/visitors/

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:

A page on the Center for Sustainability’s website called “Living Sustainably” helps students save money, reduce waste, and conserve energy. A handout linked on that page has tips for on-or off-campus residents. https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/takeaction/students/living-sustainably/

The Sustainability Strategic Plan includes Playbooks which outline concrete actions the campus community can take to live, work, and learn sustainably, specific to their role at SCU. The campus community is encouraged to collect scout-style badges to showcase their actions to live more sustainably. https://www.scu.edu/sustainability/about/strategicplan/playbooks/

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

Departments across SCU are invited to showcase their contributions to sustainability and to teach their audiences how to incorporate sustainability into their respective areas. Some SCU web sites that have sustainability components:

Campus Recreation: https://www.scu.edu/recreation/about/sustainability/
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics: https://www.scu.edu/environmental-ethics/greenbroncos/sustainability--jesuit-values/
Utilities: https://university-operations.scu.edu/utilities/sustainability/

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Santa Clara University sustainability website is a resource that helps to foster a culture of sustainability throughout campus. The website serves as an information hub for all interested in sustainability, but specifically for current students, faculty, and staff. It highlights the many events and programs that the SCU community can get involved in to learn more about sustainability and includes practical information to help readers become more sustainable in their everyday lives.

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