Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date June 7, 2016
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

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Complete Expired Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Energy and 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 ESF sustainability website lists the institution's Climate Action Plan, Sustainability Plans, sustainability news and events, and information about sustainability initiatives currently in place.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

ESF includes campus sustainability updates in a newsletter sent out by the President's Office, in a general Student Affairs newsletter, and ESF has regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper called “The Knothole - Student Life and the Environment” (the regular column related to sustainability is called “Think Globally, Act Locally”).


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:

Facebook page for ESF's Office of Energy and Sustainability
Also, Facebook page for ESF's EcoReps program targeting students in residences: https://www.facebook.com/SUNYESFEcoReps


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?:
Yes

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

ESF has regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper called “The Knothole - Student Life and the Environment.” The regular column related to sustainability is called “Think Globally, Act Locally.”


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:

See ESF Digital Commons for ESF undergrad Honors Theses, many including campus sustainability programs.


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 :

ESF has signage about the following green building initiatives: a rain garden, green roof, a fuel cell, flexi-pave walkways, solar panels, and more.


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

- ESF's Cafe/Dining-Hall (Trailhead Cafe, SUNY Morrisville Auxiliary Corp) receives much praise and appreciation from our community for the quality and freshness of the food, originality and diversity of the menu, the exceptionally friendly service they provide, and their openness to trying out and participating in new sustainability initiatives.
- The menu is updated weekly on the dining hall's (Cafe) Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ESFtrailhead/?fref=ts), with indication of vegetarian and vegan options, and special themed meals are announced there as well.
- Signage is also provided on site, with more lengthy explanations for special themed meals (like a week-long native peoples "honorable harvest week" we hosted in the Fall 2014)
- Signage always clearly identifies Fair Trade coffee, and recycling and composting stations.
- Reusable cutlery and plates are generally used, with exceptions to cups, for now, although a rebate is offered for "bringing your own cup."
- Other special events: every week, ESF and its undergraduate student association co-hosts a day-old bread and pastries giveaway with the local "Panera Bread" bakery (https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/en_us/community/community-giving.html). This service is very popular (and appreciated) among our students.
- The Cafe participates in ESF's pre-consumer composting program, which the students (Green Campus Initiative) launched several years ago, and now increasingly integrated into normal campus operations.
- The Cafe also participates in a student-led initiative called the "Food Recovery Network," which redistributes donated dining hall food to local charitable organizations ( https://www.facebook.com/FRNatESFandSU/info/?tab=page_info )


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:

Located outside Illick Hall, near the main campus quad


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:

The map is accessible from ESF's Sustainability website. Links on the map redirect to the following campus sustainability features (and more):

- Photovoltaics: http://www.esf.edu/sustainability/action/pv.htm
- Green roof: http://www.esf.edu/sustainability/action/greenroof.htm
- Willow Biomass: http://www.esf.edu/sustainability/action/biomass.htm


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?:
Yes

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

Includes information on public transportation and shuttle buses on or near campus.
The ESF Bike Safety website (http://www.esf.edu/bicycle/committee.htm) describes ESF's bike safety guidelines and bike-share program.


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:

Describes ESF's bike-share Library program, bike safety guidelines, results from ESF's 2016 commuter survey, long-term effort to have bike lanes in the University neighborhood, and bike safety committee activities and plans.


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?:
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:

A kiosk that broadcasts ESF’s sustainability initiatives is on display in the Bray Hall, the main administrative building on campus. The interactive display allows visitors to play movies and find out more information about ESF’s sustainability programming by clicking on projects from the main menu.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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