Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.69
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Melissa Tier
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:
Yes

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Swarthmore Office of Sustainability has a Facebook page, called "The Swarthmore Ecosphere"", Twitter (@SwatEcosphere), and Instagram (@swatecosphere). These social media handles aim to represent the College's commitment to the sustainable use of resources and wise stewardship of our environment, in addition to its mission to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Sustainability-focused student clubs on campus, such as Swarthmore Zero Waste and Garnet Go Green, also have Instagram accounts (@_s.z.w_ and @garnetgogreen).


Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

The College has signage promoting our waste diversion efforts around campus, particularly those that help campus members identify waste products that belong in compost, recycling, or trash. With the Scott Arboretum making up a majority of our campus, many of our campus' diverse range of plants have labels with their scientific and common names. We also have plaques that identify our LEED-certified buildings, the Science Center (Silver) and the arboretum's Wister Center (Gold). Outside of the Science Center, there is also signage explaining a "stormwater stair" installation that guides rainwater from the roof of the Science Center to the Crum Creek watershed.

Website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/sustainability/land-and-natural-environment


Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Scott Arboretum at the College offers several kinds of walking tours, including an Introductory Tour that covers the most notable attractions of the arboretum and campus, as well as specialized tours such as Native Trees for the Home Landscape, which introduces visitors to local biodiversity, and Organic Lawn Initiative, which introduces visitors to the College's efforts to supplement the lawn outside of Mertz Field with compost tea and microinvertebrates rather than synthetic nutrients.

Website: https://www.scottarboretum.org/learn/brochures/


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/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

During student orientation, Green Advisors, who are residential peer leaders alongside Residential Assistants and Student Academic Mentors, offer hall activities and study breaks to teach residents about waste reduction and water-use reduction, among other sustainable living habits. The College has also supported the initiative to provide every freshman a set of reusable bamboo utensils using financing from the Green Initiative Fund in order to reduce single-use plastics. Waste sorting trainings for departments, teams, clubs, etc. are also presented by our waste management and education program upon request.

Website: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ImbHw1-CWbtVJrKVA51X2FENvl37bHFM9DwvZincp5g/edit?ts=5e275bc1#slide=id.p


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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