Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Trevor Chow-Fraser
Marketing and Communications Lead
Sustainability Council
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
No

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):
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The website URL for the central sustainability website:
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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Sustainability News is a regularly published email newsletter that promotes the University of Alberta Sustainability Council's events and programs, and highlights students, alumni and faculty engagement on sustainability issues through teaching, research and active citizenship.


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:

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations runs a Twitter account focused on energy use, waste reduction, residences and other buildings and operations sustainability topics.

https://twitter.com/UAlbertaEMSO

The Sustainability Council runs several social media accounts focused on promoting sustainability-related academic programs and events.

https://www.facebook.com/greenuofa
https://instagram.com/greenuofa
https://twitter.com/greenuofa


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

In the summer of 2015, the university developed a Green Building Strategy with the intention of showcasing the institution’s sustainability performance as it relates to buildings. A major component of the Green Building Strategy was to expand communication with UAlberta audiences about our buildings’ green features.

The Green Building signage guidelines provide criteria for the effective and coordinated planning, implementation and evaluation of the university's green building signage projects. Green Building signage is defined as any visual (physical or electronic) signage that presents and communicates information about a building’s sustainability features to the public.

The first building to receive signage was the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. Two forms of signage were presented: interpretive signs and feature-specific signs. Interpretive signs are major installations located in highly used public spaces. They include larger visual elements that create a full-story experience. They provide background on the green building and display third-party certifications (i.e., Green Globes, BOMA BEST or LEED) and awards.

Feature-specific signs are smaller, and displayed throughout the building. They point out features to help improve understanding of the building and behaviours that can help reduce the building's footprint (e.g., energy-efficient windows, sensor-controlled faucets, and daylighting in staircases).

Green Building signage has been deployed in:
- Triffo Hall
- Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
- Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
- Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
- Chemical and Materials Engineering Building


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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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:

DINING SERVICES
https://ualberta.campusdish.com/Sustainability

Dining Services sub-contracts to Aramark to run food services in residence (Lister and Peter Lougheed Hall); fast food locations in CAB, CCIS, ECHA, Education, and ETLC; and all Second Cup, Starbucks and Tim Hortons locations on North Campus.

Of these locations, Lister Market cafeteria includes a wall display, rotating TV slides, and signage. The displays highlight information on local food purchases, sustainable options such as cage-free eggs, and MSC-certified seafood. Signage indicates which dishes and ingredients are local and sustainable. Aramark's Get the Good Stuff program is an easy wayfinding tool that helps customers quickly identify items with reduced sodium, fat and calories. This program was expanded to include signage and menu labels for local, vegetarian, vegan, halal, and sustainable seafood.

AUGUSTANA CAMPUS

A rotating display in Augustana Campus dining hall identifies examples of local ingredients under the banner of "field to fork." This display changes depending on the menu offerings, and is updated for the periodic local lunch theme meals. For local lunches, tent cards are also placed on the tables so students can see where all the ingredients are from. Signs for Fairtrade coffee, tea and chocolate are posted in the dining hall and cafe.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

SUSTAINABILITY CAMPUS TOURS

The Campus Visits program operated by the Office of the Registrar offers a one-hour tour for students, staff, faculty and the community. Campus Ambassadors take participants on a walking tour around North Campus to highlight green buildings, renewable energy and research initiatives. The tour is available to be booked weekly, and can also be booked for classes, conferences and larger groups.

GREEN BUILDING TOURS

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations offers tours of the university's outstanding green buildings. Tours are currently available for the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre and Triffo Hall. Tours of the university's District Energy System can also be arranged.


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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
No

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

U-CYCLE BROCHURE, BIKE INDEX REGISTRATION, AND PROPER BIKE LOCK USAGE
https://www.ualberta.ca/vice-president-finance/protective-services/information-safety/dont-feed-the-thieves/bike-theft-july-2017.html

The institution produces a brochure listing services for cyclists, such as secure bicycle parking, bicycle registration through Bike Index, the bike library and workshop, and tips on preventing bike theft. This brochure is distributed by the Sustainability Council, Sustain SU and Parking Services. UAlberta Protective Services features proper bicycle locking techniques on their website, and places stickers with U-Lock reminders at bicycle rack locations around the university campuses.

CAMPUS MAPS - PEDWAYS AND DATS
Many buildings, especially on the University of Alberta North Campus, are connected by pedways. The Campus Maps featured on the university's website contain an overview of pedways to help navigation.
In addition, Campus Maps features a layer highlighting pick-up/drop-off locations for Edmonton's Disabled Adult Transit Service (DATS) on university campuses.


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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:

RESIDENCE LIFE
https://www.residence.ualberta.ca/basecamp

All first year residents and Residence Assistants are enrolled in an online class called Basecamp Online. This eClass provides residents with year-round information they need to successfully live in residence, including a module on how to strive for a zero waste lifestyle, and other sustainable behaviours. Residents also learn about upcoming sustainability-related activities, including Eco Move Out and the Green Spaces Challenge.


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:

INTERACTIVE DASHBOARDS
https://uab.ca/emso

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations hosts a website with interactive dashboards highlighting the university's successes and uncovering areas we can improve in energy management and sustainability. There are separate dashboards for green buildings, energy use, water use and projects (renewable energy, zero waste).


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