Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Derek Nichols
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
UB 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):

UB's sustainability web portal provides a one stop shop for content and information surrounding UB's sustainability strategies, news, activities, and policies.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

UB Sustainability News is geared toward people who work on sustainability issues at UB or in the broader community, and those who want to be kept "in the loop" on our sustainability efforts on campus. Sustainability News is sent twice a month.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

UB Sustainability maintains an active presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

https://twitter.com/UBGreen
https://www.facebook.com/ubsustainability/
Instagram: ubsustainability


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?:
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:

Several outlets exist, including the University Honors College and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.


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 :

Greiner Hall, the SUNY systems first LEED Gold designed residence hall has signage throughout the building explaining the green features of the space.

In our Jacobs School of Medicine and Biological Sciences, digital signs display scrolling fact sheets on its LEED certification.


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:

Information about the Pride of New York program, our composting program, and whether food is vegetarian or vegan friendly, is prominently placed in food service areas.


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:

Our Natural Regeneration Areas are prominently marked throughout the campus. Harriman Quad on the university's South Campus, designed by Andropogon Associates features several dozen species of hardwoods, shrubs, ground covers and perennials native to Western New York, including basswood, a deciduous tree that, once common, is now rare in the region. Workers have replaced damaged locust trees and pest-prone ash trees with more than 100 new canopy and flowering trees.

Five rain gardens, along with porous asphalt paths that absorb rainwater, will limit the amount of rainwater entering city storm-water systems. In winter, the porous paving will absorb melting snow, reducing the need for salting walkways.

Special signage provided to the University by the National Wildlife Federation identifies Letchworth Woods and the UB Solar Strand as Certified Habitats under the NWF program.

The restoration along Lake Lasalle has signage that alerts students to the importance of native plants and creating a space for biodiversity.


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 University at Buffalo has a mobile app for its Solar Strand that allows visitors to have an interactive experience. The app provides all the pertinent information about the Strand, and gives information on how to host a field trip for visiting schools.

The Wellness and Work Life Balance department also gives a sustainability tour as an opportunity for professional staff and faculty to visit the strand and on campus sustainability spots.

Lastly, professor Sandy Geffner provides a nature walk through UB's Letchworth Woods annually.


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:

The Office of Parking & Transportation Services offers print and online handouts describing alternative methods of transportation including mass transit, electric vehicles, inter and intra campus shuttles, bicycling on campus, UB's Zip Car program, bikesharing and carpooling on campus.


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 Office of Parking & Transportation Services offers print and online handouts describing walking and cycling options for the UB community. BikeShare Resources are also available on the UB Sustainability website.

https://www.buffalo.edu/parking/getting-around-UB.html
http://www.buffalo.edu/sustainability/SustainabilitySpots/TransportationOptions/bikes.html


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:

Each year UB Campus Living develops a guide for students living on campus. This comprehensive document includes information on recycling and energy conservation.


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 "UBNow" covers campus news and events and regularly features sustainability issues in stories.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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