Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Merced
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jacob Croasdale
Coordinator of the Yosemite Leadership Program
Student Life
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems No
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed No
A sustainability walking map or tour No
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience No
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The central sustainability website at UC Merced includes information on teaching and research, green building, food, procurement, human resources, communications and outreach, energy usage, water usage, waste and recycling, transportation, land management, and university community and planning. The website acts as a repository for sustainability-related information for all aspects of the university.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

UC Merced's chapter of Powersave Campus publishes a monthly newsletter. The stories are written by students and directed toward students and stakeholders. Stories include updates on current campus events and accomplishments related to sustainability.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

UC Merced has both a Sustainability Twitter and Facebook page that promotes awareness of campus sustainability initiatives.


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

Each year UC Merced highlights faculty, students and staff research through Research Week. The week-long event includes presentations, workshops and speakers by all three groups involved in research projects. Undergraduate and graduate student research is presented through poster sessions, including competitions. Because UC Merced’s main research theme, outlined in its Strategic Academic Vision, is sustainability, many of the research projects highlighted during Research Week are related to sustainability.


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

All LEED-certified buildings on campus display plaques that highlight the LEED certification level of the building and explain UC Merced's Triple Zero Pledge.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

UC Merced Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) has a website that lists and explains the alternative methods of transportation available on campus, including the institution's CatTracks shuttle, the city of Merced's bus system, UC Merced's Zimride program to find carpool partners, and the Zipcar share program.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Transportation and Parking Services provides links and resources for bicycle safety, routes, and cyclist networks at UC Merced and in the Merced community via their website. This information includes helpful tips, maps, bicycle registration with the police department, and a link to the Merced bike coalition.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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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:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

UC Merced Sustainability has a presence on Facebook, Twitter. UC Merced Recycles also has a presence on Facebook and often uploads pictures and videos to educate on recycling.


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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 (2nd material):

UC Merced’s “About” page on the main website promotes the sustainable infrastructure and our triple zero commitment.


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

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

An annual report is submitted to the UC Regents on the system's progress toward meeting its sustainability goals. As one of the ten campuses in the system, UC Merced data and information is highlighted in this report.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th material):

The Sierra Nevada Research Institute’s (SNRI) website provides big picture information, stories, and research about climate change. SNRI is playing an active role in developing research and resources to inform and solve the world’s environmental challenges.


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