Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.18
Liaison Camille Kirk
Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of California, Davis
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Camille Kirk
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
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:

UC Davis maintains several forms of outreach and communication materials related to sustainability learning and knowledge, including a website devoted to campus sustainability, covering campus progress toward sustainability goals, ways to take action, sustainability research, and student life and learning opportunities.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Student Housing distributes a weekly email newsletter called the Aggie Reader. Every Aggie Reader has a section devoted to sustainability news, events, facts, tips, etc. Any campus department may submit material for the Aggie Reader.

In addition to this, Field Notes is an email newsletter on sustainability issues produced by the John Muir Institute of the Environment.


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Does the institution have 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:

A website devoted to campus sustainability, which can also be used as a vehicle to 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 :

Student Housing includes building signage that highlights green building features in all LEED certified buildings. The signage is prominent and includes information on green building features in each LEED category.

The Brewery, Winery & Food Science Facility includes building signage that highlights green building features. The Conference Center also includes signage that highlights green building features.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Signage and/or brochures on sustainable food systems - signage for locally grown, sustainably produced items when served. Information throughout the dining room on food waste and napkin waste. Posters throughout the dining facilities on the 7 core sustainability practices within dining services. Table tents with monthly sustainable foodsystems related topics. Bulletin board and chalk boards updated monthly with sustainable foodsystems related topics.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

In the UC Davis Arboretum there are brightly-colored signs identifying the All-Stars, which are 100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum, are easy to grow plants that don’t need a lot of water, have few problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in the garden. Each sign includes a photo of the plant in bloom, a list of its outstanding features, and information about how to grow it.


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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:

A self-guided sustainability field trip map, which includes both a walking and a biking tour, in print form.


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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:

The goClub, UC Davis TAPS’ alternative transportation program, provides resources to commuters about alternative transportation primarily online, through the goClub website. Additional online transportation resources are available through the TAPS website, the TAPS electronic newsletter and through social media channels. Printed materials such as train and transit schedules and goClub brochures are regularly distributed to six locations around campus, including two staffed information kiosks. Commuter information for new students, faculty and staff is also distributed at campus events throughout the year including the Fall Resource Fair for new students and the annual New Employee Orientation. Announcements about alternative transportation resources regularly appear in the “Staff Voice” newsletter and the “Aggie Reader” newsletter for residential students.


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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:

Student Housing has an online guide for green living and sustainability in the residential experience. The "Sustainable Living Guide" introduces residence hall students to Student Housing's commitment to creating and providing a sustainable living environment, while teaching them how they can maintain a sustainable lifestyle both while living in the residence halls and after they move on.


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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)?:
Yes

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

Student Housing distributes a weekly email newsletter called the Aggie Reader. Every Aggie Reader has a section devoted to sustainability news, events, facts, tips, etc. Any campus department may submit material for the Aggie Reader.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

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A blog and social media that that feature material on sustainability.


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