Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.35
Liaison Trevor Ledbetter
Submission Date May 2, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Arizona
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Benjamin Champion
Director
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 University of Arizona's sustainability website is a descriptive portal for environmental sustainability at the university. There is information on academics, research, leadership and students involved with sustainability. The university's environmental portal is also a good resource: http://www.portal.environment.arizona.edu/


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

UA Environment Weekly is an environment and sustainability Listserv that keeps students, faculty, staff, and the public informed and up-to-date on seminars, presentations, workshops, conferences, and other events; funding opportunities; environmental and sustainability news; course offerings; and much more at the UA. This is administered through the Institute of Environment listserv, which can be joined here: http://www.environment.arizona.edu/contact


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:

The UA Office of Sustainability maintains a Facebook page with regular postings about news and activities at UA related to sustainability.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Daily Wildcat assigns one reporter to cover sustainability issues and environmental issues.


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

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 :

Buildings that have green building features have a sign post outside the building explaining what feature or process that allows the building to be considered sustainable.


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:

University of Arizona Dining services proudly displays signs indicating whether restaurants have organic or local food menu options. This is done most prominently at The Cellar.


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:

When the University of Arizona was established as a Land Grant Institute in 1891, Dr. James Toumey, a botanist for the Agricultural Experiment Station on campus, recognized the educational value of the native vegetation that evolved in the Sonoran Desert over tens of thousands of years. As such, he started a cactus display garden that, eventually became what we now know as the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden. In the 120 years since the genesis of the University and its cactus garden, the University’s practices have advanced to reflect current and evolving understandings of and attitudes toward landscaping and the natural environment. Join the Campus Arboretum docents for this tour to learn more about the ecology and ethnobotany of many Sonoran native plants.


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:

UA has recently developed a Green Walking Tour web and mobile app for exploring campus sustainability features. We are also in development of a broader sustainability webmap with even greater functionality. The Green Walking Tour is now live, and for our next submission to AASHE STARS we will hopefully have a very powerful web engine for exploring sustainability engagement opportunities through a mapping system, as well as features of 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:

Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Arizona strongly encourage students, faculty, staff, and commuters to consider incorporating alternative modes of travel into their lives. Parking and Transportation's Travel Reduction website has information on programs offered by the University as well as the community that
promote public transportation, carpooling, and nonmotorized travel options.


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:

Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Arizona offers extensive bicycle educational and navigation information on its website.


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:

Residence Life publishes on its website a list of 15 tips to being green and sustainable in the residence halls. The 15 topics covered are Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Get to Know Someone Different than You, Increasing Financial Literacy, Buy Local, Reduce Water Consumption, Reduce Paper Consumption, Avoid Wrapping Paper, Report Leaks, Throw Away Cigarette Butts, Cut Down on Packaging, Unplug, and Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

In addition to these tips, Residence Life distributes to every resident a recycling guide that covers how the University recycles.


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?:
---

A brief description of these materials or publications:
---

The website URL for these materials or publications:
---

Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.