Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Yolanda Cieters
Associate Director
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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:

--NEWSLETTER: The Center for Environmental Justice (CEJS) publishes a quarterly newsletter providing the latest news about Seattle University's environmental justice and sustainability efforts and initiatives.

--FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/envjustice/
--YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRq69uSC-uRt1ir9UI89wFQ

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

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

--BUILDINGS: The 4 LEED Gold buildings on campus each have a large interpretive sign in front to explain the green building strategies used.
--GROUNDS: All gardens have signs explaining the specific focus and function of the garden, such as the raingardens, the ethno-botanical garden, the community gardens,...
--WASTE: SU offers waste collection stations at over 200 locations on campus. Each station includes single stream recycling, compost, and trash with signage explaining what items should go where.

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

--The Seattle University Campus Edibles Map: This is a self-guided walking tour of 11 campus locations where fruits, vegetables and herbs are integrated into the landscape for campus members and the public to pick and eat.

--Seattle University Campus Tree Map: This is a self-guided map identifying significant trees on the Seattle University campus.

--Sustainability tours are offered by CEJS and Facilities staff:
(a) A tour of Seattle University's 4 LEED Gold buildings to learn more about sustainability in the built environment. The tour features a raingarden, a chilled beam that cools the computer lab, a raised floor supplying warm air near occupants’ feet, sustainable materials and water efficient fixtures.
(b) A tour of SU's gardens highlighting SU's sustainable Grounds practices, edible gardens, compost tea operation and garden history.
(c) A tour of the onsite Composting facility where employees learn how SU annually turns 100,000 pounds of food waste into compost.
For more information about the tours: https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/what-you-can-do/su-campus-sustainability-tours/

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:

The "Sustainable Living Guide" is geared towards informing student residents how to easily adjust daily habits and live sustainably. Some highlights from the guide are:
--Recycling/compost/trash: "What goes where?"
--"Do more to Save more" (water, energy, waste)
--"Green eating and consumption"
--sustainability tips for your campus room
--sustainability-focused student clubs
--SU campus sustainability infographic and video

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

--Campus Sustainability Infographic (updated annually): https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/sustainability-infographic/
--Campus Sustainability video:
--Sustainable Events Checklist: how to make events at SU green. https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/sustainable-events-checklist/

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