Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.64
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date April 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

State University of New York at Cortland
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Beth Klein
Campus Sustainability Coordinato
Early Childhood Education
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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 Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features No
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 Yes
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 Yes
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:

A hub for links to SUNY Cortland's various environmental and sustainability initiatives and achievements.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

"Keeping It Green," a monthly sustainability newsletter, is published through facilities and is electronically and distributed to all Faculty, Staff and Students.


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:

There are several FaceBook pages for sustainability outreach:

A main Sustainability Page: (Sustainability at SUNY Cortland)

Green Representatives FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/cortland.greenreps?fref=ts

SUNY Cortland Gardening Club FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/125950664242218/


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Campus has 3 vehicles to do this:

1.Biweekly "sandwich" seminars are hosted by the President's Office, providing a forum for Students, Faculty and Staff to present sustainability-focused research to the Campus at large.

2.Green Day Events held throughout the year.

3.The Campus observes/celebrates research and scholarship each year with an event called "Transformations." This event, showcases student research including efforts in sustainability.


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

In the locations where compost bins and compostable materials (food containers, compostable utensils, etc) are in place, large, colorful signage helps remind students about sustainability in the food-based waste stream.


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:

An acre of turf grass surrounding the SUNY Cortland Service Group complex is not being mowed to save energy, reduce fuel emissions and encourage natural habitats. The knee-high grass near the athletic fields on the southwest end of the main campus, now known as a “no mow zone", represents the College’s latest sustainability effort.

A dozen white signs are posted across the SUNY Cortland campus to inform people of the no mow zone and why areas of fallow land can be a sustainability solution.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

SUNY Cortland offers eight campus walking trails ranging from 0.4 to 2.3 miles.

Some of these walking trails are through various areas of sustainability efforts-IE-"No Mow Zones"; City Waterworks preserve.


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:

Cortland County Transportation Council has recently instituted a program called "Way2Go," which assists the entire Cortland Community including the Campus in using alternative methods for commuting to Campus.


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:

Way2Go Cortland also manages a bike resource. They also run an annual bike/walk to work week to encourage use of bikes. Bike safety workshops are also provided.


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:

This is done as part of the Green Reps program(See ER-1). Brochures and a materials kit are given with a presentation on small changes and habits that add up to a more sustainable lifestyle.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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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:

The Green Reps are responsible for completing articles that are both posted on their blog and printed regularly in the student newspaper.


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:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The Student Affairs Sustainability Committee provides a newsletter for students on a periodic basis.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

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No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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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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