Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.78
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

South Dakota State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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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 SDSU sustainability website provides general campus sustainability information and resources.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The quarterly sustainability newsletter shares information about recent and upcoming sustainability events. It also shares information about sustainability and how to be more sustainable. Students sign up to receive the newsletter by signing the SDSU sustainability pledge. Starting in FY19, all staff receive the newsletter.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

Campus sustainability efforts have a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account. Posts share information about upcoming events, campus sustainability efforts, and tips on how to be more sustainable. All platforms are @sustainsdstate.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Sustainability Specialist writes a monthly opinion article for the student newspaper, The Collegian. Article topics cover a wide range of topics from sustainability tips to talking about current campus efforts.


The website URL for 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 :

At McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center there is an outdoor sign discussing the LEED features of their main building as well as their storm water management.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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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:

All vegan and vegetarian meals are indicated by a special symbol on all dining menus.

Aramark also includes signage on straws and reusable to-go boxes.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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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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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:

In FY18 & FY19, the Sustainability Specialist hosted an annual campus sustainability hot spot tour that was open to all faculty, staff, and students. The tour visited a LEED Silver certified building, pollinator gardens, heating plant, chiller plant, and the Local Foods Education Center.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

The Wellness Center Outdoors Program offered a bike clinic that is open to students and employees. The learning outcomes of the clinic included:
a.Utilize safe biking practices when travelling by bike
b.Use common tools that are needed when repairing a bike to repair common damages with bikes and also have the knowledge to complete preventative maintenance to ensure proper bike function.
c.Discuss overall bike features that can help when choosing their next bike (if beyond repair) and how to make it most comfortable (low maintenance, or very customized).

The SDSU Bicycle Committee hosted two outdoor booths focused on educating passerby on campus bike rules, how to lock your bike, and why you should ride your bike.

Smart Cycling Quick Guides were placed at the Wellness Center, Info Exchange, UPD, Res Life main office, Parking office, and Bike Club booths.


The website URL for 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:

All incoming freshman received a sustainability move-in guide & recycling guide prior to move-in weekend. The sustainability guide provided tips for a sustainable move and start to their life on campus.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

A sustainability guide is available online.

An intro to sustainability and sustainability tips video was produced and shared on social media and in the newsletters.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Information covers 3 years of data.

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