Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.95
Liaison Thomas Wassmer
Submission Date June 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Siena Heights University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Thomas Wassmer
Associate Professor of Biology
Biology
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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):

The inclusion of sustainability into the instructional curricula of all departments is needed to stimulate and challenge students to get involved in creative solution-building in their personal and professional lives. As sustainability is not living in ideas alone, strategies are also needed to move towards greater sustainability in the maintenance and development of our Adrian campus. Some of these projects include a comprehensive recycling program, enhanced energy conservation and utilization of renewable energy sources, a poison-free campus environment (e.g. no use of pesticides, fertilizer, coal and petroleum tar, etc.), enriched foods in our cafeteria (organically, locally, and humanely produced), and the integration of SHU into the global community of environmentally- and socially-responsible universities. Since these projects are campus-wide, the Sustainable College Committee includes faculty and staff members from many departments, representatives of the SHU administration, a number of students of various majors, and several Adrian Dominican Sisters.


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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:

Green Light's Instagram and Facebook


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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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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

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

The University Center has signage indicating that it is LEED silver certified.


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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:

Dining Services takes an aggressive approach toward maintaining an environmentally sound dining program and is constantly seeking out new and improved ways to further develop our environmental plan. We have already implemented a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, either directly or in partnership with our vendors, manufacturers, clients or guests.
There is brochures and information in the Cafeteria explaining food choices and a day that students and cafeteria staff explain by having all left over food scraped into a container and weighed. This shows students how much waste is thrown away.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of 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:

SHU has an online campus sustainability walking tour that features environmentally friendly features found in and outside of the buildings.


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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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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
No

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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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:

The following is like a check list of things that each of us can and should do to safeguard this planet and all her inhabitants. Do not think that you must achieve all at once but rather begin somewhere and strive to add another ASAP. On the other hand, do not pet yourself too easy on the shoulder and think that you do enough if you achieved some of the goals. Life should be an everlasting strive to do better – but be patient with yourself – if you push too hard you might get frustrated and give up totally. Motivate your friends and family but focus on what you can do before preaching – always walk the talk!


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