Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.04
Liaison Laura Nessman
Submission Date May 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Selkirk College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Laura Nessman
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Management
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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):

Information about Selkirk College's sustainability initiatives can be found on the sustainability section of the website. Information on recycling and waste, energy, and transportation can be found here, as well as information on the College's green building and grounds practices, its Fair Trade Campus Designation, and opportunities to get involved.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

Sustainable Selkirk has a Facebook page where information about sustainability initiatives and events is shared, as well as relevant community events. The Selkirk Student Central social media pages regularly share these posts as well.


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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?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

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

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

The main parking lot on the Castlegar campus includes bioswales, which capture, treat and redirect stormwater runoff before it enters the neighboring Columbia River. At the entrance to this parking lot, there is interpretive signage which explains how the bioswale installation works and how it is mitigating negative impacts on the surrounding environment.


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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:

The cafeterias at the college display signage with educational information about the certified Fair Trade products offered for sale. Additionally, a free Fair Trade magazine, published by the Canadian Fair Trade Network, is offered to the college community at various locations around campus.


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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:

Watering of the lawns and gardens on campus has been greatly reduced over the past few years, resulting in a drier, browner landscape during the summer months. During this time, signage is displayed on the lawns that informs the public of the college's decision to reduce its water consumption for irrigation in an effort to promote sustainable landscaping practices.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Sustainable Selkirk's Story Map shows where students can find recycling and composting bins, water fountains and bicycle racks. It also shows the location of other sustainability projects, such as the bioswale installation. The story map provides written descriptions of these initiatives, as well as an interactive map. Having this map available online, instead of in print form, was a conscious choice to reduce our paper use.


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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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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:

A student created a web map for their GIS term project, that shows cycling routes to Castlegar campus from surrounding area. The map provides information on the routes, including distance, approximate travel time, shoulder availability, elevation change and highway crossing points.


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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:

Materials are provided to students when they move into student housing. Information about using the recycling facilities and the compost program is provided, as well as on taking shorter showers and washing laundry on cold.


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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
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