Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.92
Liaison Christina Goodwin
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Sterling College (VT)
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Heidi Myers
Associate Dean for Marketing and Communications
Advancement
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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):

Sterling's website is entirely sustainability-themed but much of that good work is consolidated on a single page regarding Sterling's sustainability initiatives.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Sterling sends an internal, weekly eNews which regularly covers sustainability issues on campus such as curriculum changes, Reuse Room guidelines, food and energy consumption on campus, event notifications, and alumni spotlights.


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:

Because everything we do is around ecological thinking and action, of which sustainability is a core component, all of Sterling's social platforms focus on sustainability.


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:

The Expeditioner regularly covers sustainability topics related to the greater Sterling community including curriculum, sustainability initiatives, progress with our sustainable food and energy use on campus, sustainability events, and featured alumni participating in ecological thinking and action.


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:

All Senior Year Research Projects completed by Sterling students are made publicly available in a special section in the Brown Library. Projects are regularly featured in the eNews, and occasionally featured on our blog and in the Expeditioner.


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 :

We have a number of kiosks around campus highlight green building features, including: solar panels, greenhouse additions, conservation efforts, and more.


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:

We have two large bulletin boards in Dunbar Dining Hall that are devoted to sustainability information about our food. One bulletin board is devoted to talking about real food and our local farms and purveyors. The dining hall is also where the kitchen team tells the story of foods served and where it comes from and is home to a suggestion box for meal requests and compliments!


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:

There is signage that describes and promotes Sterling's sustainable ground use, particularly as it relates to the Farm and Gardens on campus but also through our research area, the Cedar Swamp.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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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?:
No

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

We have a Green Bike program with many bikes around campus to allow for any Sterling student to use for transportation, primarily inter-campus travel. In 2015, we already had 20 bikes and that has only increased. We have a few people dubbed ‘bike barons’ who fix the bikes when necessary and also offer maintenance on student and faculty bicycles as well.


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:

Our Field Guide goes out to all admitted students, and talks them through living in community and on our campus. That includes green living information such as using clotheslines instead of dryers and that a bicycle is your best bet for getting around.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems newsletter is a quarterly publication


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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