Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Texas State University, San Marcos
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 James Vollrath
Director
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

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The sustainability website is intended to connect Texas State students to sustainable resources, events, and opportunities on the San Marcos campus. The website includes tabs including available sustainable campus resources, how to get involved with sustainability on campus, interactive maps, and upcoming events. Texas State students are able to easily navigate this website and use the resources to promote sustainability on campus amongst their peers.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

Bobcats Go Green has a Facebook and Twitter account. The Office of Sustainability is currently working to revitalize these accounts. Additionally, many of the student environmental groups maintain their own websites and social media platforms.


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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:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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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:

Our innovative interdisciplinary MA/MS in Sustainability Studies program began here in fall 2016. We have a vibrant and passionate group of faculty and students who hope to encourage new ways to “green” the world. Because the program is interdisciplinary, we attract and welcome students who have a wide range of interests and career goals. Students hope to work in sustainability-related non-profit organizations, businesses (e.g., developing solar panels, composting, and recycling), state and local agencies, and other “green” careers.

Our faculty members conduct cutting-edge research on sustainability. Recent faculty publications have examined pollution by the military, food ethics, consumerism, urban farming, globalization and the environment, sustainability in cities and rural areas, nanotechnology, technology and sustainability, and environmental laws and policies. Our award-winning faculty teach courses in several departments including but not limited to agriculture, biology, business, geography, merchandising and consumer studies, philosophy, political science, and sociology.


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 :

Both the North Campus Housing and the Undergraduate Academic Center are certified LEED buildings. North Campus Housing received a gold status and the Undergraduate Academic Center received a silver status.


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:

Chartwells Dining maintains signage throughout their dining halls that encourage reduction in food waste and informs patrons about their sustainable purchasing initiatives.


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?:
No

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The San Marcos campus map, hosted by CONCEPT3D, has an option to toggle on all sustainability features on campus.


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:

Transportation Services offers a variety of alternative transportation options. These options are listed on their website.


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:

The Bike Cave is a one-stop-shop for all things bicyclists need and need to know.


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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?:
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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