Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Southern Oregon University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

SOU's sustainability website provides information on sustainability-related events; the Sustainability Council; articles in local newspapers; courses, degrees and concentrations; faculty; current initiatives and future plans; the SOU Climate Action Plan; and student projects. The site is also currently undergoing construction to create a more streamlined site for students, staff, faculty, and the public to get information on SOU's sustainability efforts and ways to get involved.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

A quarterly sustainability newsletter is emailed to the entire campus population each term. The newsletter includes updates on energy usage and waste generated on campus; a highlight of a sustainability-related student project; articles on sustainability initiatives; updates on the Sustainability Council; and more.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Rogue Journal of Undergradute Research (RJUR) accepts submissions of research to be considered for publication. Additionally, SOU's Sustainability Newsletter features student sustainability research when appropriate.


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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 :

In the lobby of the LEED Platinum Higher Education Center in Medford, OR visitors can learn about the buildings green features and its solar performance. A monitor in the lobby displays a dashboard by Deck Monitoring with information on the amount of solar energy being produced. There is also signage highlighting the green building features.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The main campus dining hall located in the largest residence hall complex has signage on the walls and every dining table with information about nutrition, local foods, trayless dining, waste reduction, packaging, and composting. The signage on the tables include scanable tags for students to learn more about SOU's sustainable dining practices and find tips for ways to incorporate sustainability into their own lives.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Southern Oregon University's Commuter Resource Center's website includes information for commuters on public transportation (http://www.sou.edu/su/crc/transportation.html) and rideshare programs (http://www.sou.edu/su/crc/rideshare.html).


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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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

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

SOU's Ecology Center of the Siskiyous (ECOS) publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting student sustainability initiatives on campus, current sustainability events, and opportunities to get involved.


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

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SOU's organic community garden publishes a monthly newsletter with information on current sustainability and gardening news, organic and seasonal gardening tips, sustainability events, and more.


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