Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

University of Arkansas
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Eric Boles
Director
Office for 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):

A central website consolidates information about the University of Arkansas sustainability efforts, current and upcoming events and links to annual reports including the Climate Action Plan. The website categorizes University of Arkansas sustainability information into Academics, Climate, Transportation, Biodiversity, and Zero Waste.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office for Sustainability(OFS) produces a weekly newsletter which includes reports on recent and upcoming events, gives tips on energy conservation, water conservation, and waste minimization, and recommends helpful sustainability resources to subscribers.


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 Office for Sustainability manages multiple different social media platforms to give updated content to followers. The different platforms managed by the Office for Sustainability interns are a blog, Facebook page, Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter feed. All of the platforms continue to support the OFS' events as well as praises students, faculty, and campus organizations that demonstrate sustainable efforts.


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 Arkansas Traveler, a weekly student newspaper, has reporters assigned to the sustainability beat each semester.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

"Inquiry" is a journal dedicated exclusively to undergraduate research, and it includes articles about energy conservation and 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 :

Elkay water filling stations have electronic signage which notes how many water bottles were prevented from being used with each reusable water bottle that is filled. USGBC plaques can be found on some of the LEED-certified campus buildings.


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:

There is signage in the cafeterias that highlight how much water and energy goes into food production and how vegetarian diets can help reduce these impacts.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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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:

Throughout the university, there is native plant signage to bring awareness to pedestrians. Some locations with multiple different species and signage are Mullins Creek, Oak Ridge Trail, and the Hillside Auditorium Greenroof.


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 of Arkansas Sustainability tour offers 10 different destinations to visit. The tour is often given to new students and various groups by the Office for Sustainability, but the document doubles and a self-guided tour.


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:

There's a plethora of resources available on the Office for Sustainability's website.

The UA Active Transportation Coordinator and interns for the Office for Sustainability have created "Commuter Menus" which help participants find multiple alternative methods of transportation to get to and from their desired location. The OFS creates personalized reports on request, as well as generalized reports from popular student apartment complexes and high trafficked areas.


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 University of Arkansas has a dedicated bicycling section of the sustainability website. On the website, readers can find information on the university's bike trails, Biking Etiquette, Bike Share, Bike Events, the university's Gold standard for a Bike-friendly University, and other general resources.


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:

The University of Arkansas housing website lists ways to live sustainably in the community, on campus, in the residence halls, and in the residence hall rooms. They list numerous tips and suggestions on how to minimize environmental impact.


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 Office for Sustainability uses its WordPress blog as a platform to share information about events, projects, programs, volunteer opportunities, and general sustainability information that is useful not only to the University of Arkansas community, but to the field of sustainability as a whole.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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