Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.22
Liaison Ryan Buchholdt
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Alaska Anchorage
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Paula Williams
Sustainability 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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

The website for the Office of Sustainability at UAA includes a list of sustainability focused and related courses that students can take; current events related to sustainability are posted here (as well as on our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/UAAOfficeofSustainability); information about the history of sustainability at UAA; a list of UAA's sustainability obligations; information about UAA's sustainability efforts; information about our student-staffed recycling crew and the recycling program; among other topics.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The sustainability newsletter is called "The Green Wolf." (UAA's mascot is a seawolf, which is not a real creature.) It highlights recent sustainability events and news that are happening on campus and usually has a profile of a person on campus who does sustainability work.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

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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?:
No

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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Our current sustainability walking map includes a tour of trees and some flora located on campus.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Students and employees of UAA enjoy fully subsidized rides on People Mover, the local bus service. Parking Services also offers car sharing through Connect By Hertz and carpooling through Zimride. This information is distributed in paper form to all incoming students and verbally and in writing at new student and at staff orientations. It is also available as a "Parking Brochure" on the website of our Parking Services Division.


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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 brochure has 20 suggestions for students to reduce their consumption, increase recycling and reduce fossil fuel use. The brochures will be distributed by Residential Life when students move in this Fall Semester.


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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

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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:

The University adopted an Energy Policy in 2008. This is a policy that seeks to reduce our energy use, energy costs and use of non-renewable resources.


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

A brief description of this material:

The New Student Orientation Office is our first green certified office on campus. Offices across campus have been sent an email asking if they would like to participate in a green office certification program. Student Life and Leadership and offices in our library have responded.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

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The Office of Sustainability sends out emails and other information on the faculty and staff listservs at least monthly, and to more targeted groups with information about strategies to reduce energy use, reduce flows to the waste stream, and increase recycling.

The Office of Sustainability also maintains a sustainability listserv on which information about events occurring throughout the community related to sustainability are distributed.


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