Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.81
Liaison Sb Loder
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2013
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STARS v1.2

The College of Wooster
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Sb Loder
Sustainability Coordinator
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

The website is a part of Wooster's general website titled "Environmental Sustainability", under the subject of "About Wooster". The website includes specific links to information on the Sustainability Committee, Dining, Grounds, Recycling and the Sustainability Blog.

There is a second website that is in development as the new central location for sustainability information, with more news and events than the main website can stay up to date with. (http://envs.spaces.wooster.edu/)


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Coordinator sends an email called ENV.News that begins "This Week In Sustainability", and lists ways students can get involved and events they can attend, related to environmentalism and sustainability. This newsletter is sent to all sustainability-related listservs, environmental studies minors, and select students who are involved.


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Does the institution have 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:

The Sustainability Blog acts as a vehicle for information distribution and event advertizement as well as a place for environmental commentary on current events on and off campus. Often, student research is featured.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Dining Services has several brochures in both dining halls, one of which is solely about sustainability. It includes information on compost, local purchases, 3rd party certification, and getting rid of cafeteria trays and disposable water bottles.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

The college has a list of sustainability tips for green living on it's main sustainability page.


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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)?:
Yes

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The Sustainability Coordinator has a weekly "Environmental Tip of the Week", related to living sustainably or events happening on campus. In addition, the recent campaigns to get the college climate-neutral and push for greater communication with students has yielded weekly articles this semester.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

One of the bulletin boards by a printing station in the main student center has a calendar of current sustainability events and meetings, as well as information on recycling, compost, electronics, and useful online resources specific to the Wooster campus.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

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Yes, as part of our campus tree care plan, we place signs indicating the monetary value of our trees. We have identified all of the positive environmental impacts that all the trees on campus provide. We showcase these impacts with signage; these signs are placed around campus several times a year during events. Some examples of what information the signs provide are: CO2 reduction, storm-water management, air quality, energy benefit and aesthetics.


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