Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lisa Mitten
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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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 Office of Campus Sustainability launched its website in August of 2014. Since its launch, Lisa Mitten has regularly updated the site with new content.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Campus Sustainability maintains several sustainability newsletter lists. Separate communications are sent to students, the general faculty-staff email list, and targeted faculty-staff email lists.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

The Office of Campus Sustainability operates facebook and instagram accounts.
https://www.facebook.com/newpaltzsustain/
https://www.instagram.com/newpaltzgreen/
The campus also has adopted an official sustainability hashtag, #npgreen. Any social media post that includes this hashtag will be picked up by the college's Social Media Manager, and can be shared on the main campus website or on the social media hub.


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:

The student-run campus print and online newspaper, the Oracle, regularly covers sustainability issues on campus, but does not have a regular column or a designated reporter assigned to the sustainability beat. The Little Rebellion, an independent online digital publication produced by SUNY New Paltz students, also publishes many articles on sustainability, but there is no regular column or designated sustainability reporter. http://thelittlerebellion.com/


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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 :

Crispell Hall (LEED Gold) and LeFevre Hall (LEED Gold) both have signage in the buildings that highlight specific LEED credits attained.

Electronic hand dryers that eliminate paper towel use in many campus bathrooms have the following message "High speed energy efficient hand dryers are now being used instead of paper towels. One ton of paper consumes 17 trees, three cubic yards of landfill space, and pollutes 20,000 gallons of water."


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:

Our food services company, Sodexo, has signage for local items, organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and mindful (healthy) options.


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?:
Yes

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

The Office of Campus Sustainability developed permanent green infrastructure educational signage at six locations across campus. The locations are the permeable pavement at the Route 32 parking lot, the rain cistern at LeFevre Hall, the bioswale by the ponds, the water quality testing buoy at the ponds, the bioretention areas, and dry swale at the Lenape Hall parking lot.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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?:
Yes

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

The Office of Campus Sustainability hosts a website about sustainable transportation options. Several other pages at newpaltz.edu provide information about transportation options other than single passenger vehicles. The Office of Student Activities displays brochures about public and private transportation options, including the Loop Bus and private bus services. There is a bulletin board with local and regional bus schedules, routes, and maps located by the commuter lounge in the Student Union.


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)? :
No

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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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:

The Office of Campus Sustainability operates at text message marketing program to outreach to targeted students with sustainability interests. Several hundred students receive sustainability text messages one or more times per month throughout the academic year.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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