Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Smith College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sara Kirk
Administrative Assistant
Center for the Environment
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter No
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability No
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 No
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 No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The website for Green Smith provides resources and information on environmental sustainability and ecological design at Smith and beyond. Its major components are the links for the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability, the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Operational Initiatives, Curricular Pathways, Student Groups and Activities; Alumni Initiatives, Sustainability News, and a Calendar of Events.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:
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The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Environmental Science and Policy program website includes a student research page which acts as a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research projects on sustainability and other environmental topics.


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

Smith's Living Building, the Bechtel Environmental Classroom, has in-depth signage describing number green building features that contributed to its certification.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

There is signage, and brochures are being distributed to students about local and sustainably produced food and the environmental and nutritional benefits of this.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The "Sustainable Smith Campus Tour" contains information about sustainability and its role at Smith College. It highlights eight of the most notable locations across campus in terms of their headway in sustainable efforts including the campus center, a sustainable dining hall, an efficient residence hall, the botanic garden, a newly renovated residence hall, the library, the newest construction of the engineering and science building (a LEED certified building), the retrofitted Indoor Track and Tennis facility, and the pond on campus as well as the campus' co-generation power plant.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

"In Smith College's Parking Master Plan, recommendations are provided for commuters to utilize alternative forms of transportation that are made available instead of driving a personal car to campus.
The Green Smith website has a section on transportation and ways that faculty and student commuters can reduce the impacts of college-related transportation. This website includes links to others for rideshare, zipcar, pvta, massrides, opt-out parking program, carpooling and bicycle kitchen, which are all transportation programs servicing the campus and the other colleges.

Additional URLs:
http://www.smith.edu/ParkingMasterPlan_02-08-07.pdf
http://www.smith.edu/pubsafety/parking_carpool.php
http://www.smith.edu/pubsafety/parking_optout.php"


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Each summer the Bike Kitchen (student organization) updates and produces a Bike Kitchen Cookbook with navigation and educational tools, bike repair tips, and more.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Smith College's Office of Environmental Sustainability provides a comprehensive page of "Useful Tips" on their website for several simple changes residents can make to reduce consumption of energy and resources. The sections include Actions that Cost Nothing Add Up, Things Worth a Small Investment, Back-to-School Shopping List, Local Food, Biking, and Getting Places.


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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:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

Smith College's Botanic Garden newsletter, called Botanic Garden News, is published twice a year by the Friends of the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The newsletter highlights changes and provides information to the Smith community about the college's gardened spaces, efforts on campus to create more green space, and also draws from outside news related to green gardening.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

Smith College's Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability produces an annual magazine that cover a range of sustainability topics. The magazine highlights a variety of issues and policies and provides information to the Smith community about local and global sustainability happenings.


The website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

The Alumni Initiatives news feed on the Green Smith website highlights notable alumni pursuing sustainability after they have graduated. Smith College alumnae are creating change and doing innovative work around the world. They are shaping national policy, raising global standards, influencing citizens' behaviors and educating the world on reproductive rights, climate change, environmental justice, water rights, international trade and wetlands restoration. This page is a place to communicate their efforts with the world.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th material):

Beginning in March 2014, the Staff Council Chronicle began featuring a recurring Sustainability column.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (5th material):

Smith College's "Smith Sustainability News" is an online compilation of news releases and articles produced from various sources within the Smith community which are related to sustainability. It is a streamlined way to access sustainability news within the college.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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