Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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 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 sustainability website serves as a hub for links to SUNY Cortland's various environmental and sustainability initiatives and achievements.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

"Keeping It Green," a bimonthly sustainability newsletter, is published through the Sustainability Office and is electronically and distributed to all Faculty, Staff and Students.


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:

There are several FaceBook pages for sustainability outreach:

A main Sustainability Page: (Sustainability at SUNY Cortland) Which serves to advertise sustainability oriented events and share sustainability information with the campus and community.

Green Reps: A student run FB site that shares the student led programs and initiatives.

SUNY Cortland Model Gardens: A site updated by the Campus Garden Committee members that shares programs and gardening information.

Green Reps also run an Instagram page that also shares student led sustainability programing and initiatives.


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

Although there is not a regular column on sustainability in the student newspaper, 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:
Does the institution produce 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 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: cortland.edu/greendays

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

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

Bowers Hall - SUNY Cortland's main science building includes a "Campus Science Museum" of current science work, historical articles from SUNY Cortland, and other a summary of SUNY Cortland's green building features across campus. A summary of those features includes: location of where SUNY Cortland has vegetated roof systems; location of SUNY Cortland's main bio-swale and storm-water management sites are located and how they incorporate focus of BEE Campus and Tree Campus USA efforts; Renewable Energy project sites; General USGBC LEED project descriptions; and notable awards and recognition offered to SUNY Cortland.


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:

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. In addition, sustainable food systems information table tents and signage are placed in the ASC dining facilities.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

No Mow zones around campus are indicated with dozen white signs that 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.

In addition, signage is provided at the bioswale area next to Bowers Science Hall indicating the sustainable features of a bioswale and also the native plantings that surround the area.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

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, i.e. "No Mow Zones" and City Waterworks preserve.


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

The campus does not, but the Cortland County Transportation Council has 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 more sustainable methods of transportation:
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:

Yes the student run Cortland Bike Project (part of the Outdoor Pursuits Program) offers safe biking information, maps, etc.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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:

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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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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