Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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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 Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
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 Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The institution maintains a 'Campus Sustainability' web site. The site provides information on the university's pursuit of sustainability in education, research, operations, leadership and community engagement. Sustainability subjects addressed on the website are listed below:

About Us
Chancellor's Message
History
Strategic Planning
Community Engagement

Sustainability Office
Mission
Staff
Activities
Opportunities
Office Resources

Education & Research
Sustainable Development Minor
Energy Science Minor
Faculty & Staff Development Research
Library Resources

Operations & Initiatives
Buildings
Climate
Energy
Equity
Food
Transportation
Water
Waste/Recycling
Campaigns and Events

Take Action!
Students
Faculty & Staff
Volunteer Opportunities

Resources
What is Sustainability?
Careers
Community Resources
Campus Sustainability Websites


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability Newsletter is sent out twice each semester via email to students, faculty, staff, and community members.This recaps recent UCCS events, programs, initiatives and other news that incorporate sustainability on campus and in the community. An example of one recent article in the newsletter discusses the newly installed cardboard baler.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

Social Media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are used to keep students and staff engaged and up to date on UCCS's sustainability efforts. The Office of Sustainability also maintains a Constant Contact email list to highlight volunteer and event opportunities.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The campus sustainability web site has a page listing student research and library location information.

Additionally, at our annual Sustainnovation event, there is a research poster display and financial awards are given for best poster.


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

The current LEED certified buildings have posters, signs, and brochures that highlight and explain green or LEED features. The buildings have LCD screens in the lobbies with LEED information, features, and real time energy and renewable energy data. These are also available online. http://www.uccs.edu/kiosk/seng. The Osborne Science & Engineering building has a self-guided 23 point tour for green features in the building.


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

Café 65 and The Lodge are two of UCCS's food service areas that provide information on sustainable food systems. The food services provider, Sodexo, displays a poster of the local food served. Coffee outlet posters display posters about organic and Rain forest Alliance Certified coffee. The Office of Sustainability created shadow boxes to show what is compost, recycle, and landfill. There is also a bulletin board the Office of Sustainability maintains in residential dining to educate students.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

UCCS is a member of Plant Select® program. The purpose of Plant Select is to seek out, identify and distribute the very best plants for Colorado landscapes and climate given our very semi-arid environment. Being a member offers us more opportunities to educate students, faculty, staff, and the community about plants that thrive in local landscapes. UCCS also labels native plant species and practices xeriscaping.
When the Green Action Fund provided money for a pilot project for a more sustainable irrigation system, a sign was made to educate the campus community about the project.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

UCCS has a sustainability walking map for a self-guided tour and the Office of Sustainability periodically hosts tours for the campus and community.
The Office of Sustainability also provides sustainability talking points and locations for the general campus tours that are given daily.


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

The sustainable transportation web site provides information on mass transit and carpool options.


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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Commuter Cycling Map provides detailed information and directions on how to ride to campus from anywhere in the city.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

As UCCS resident students check into on-campus housing they are provided with flyers which contain information about green living. The Sustainability Office staff conducted a green living training of the Residence Advisers who then trained all of the residents. Furthermore there is a guide to living green on the UCCS Residence Life website.


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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:

The Scribe, UCCS's main newspaper, regularly reports on campus sustainability. While it is not a designated column, coverage occurs very frequently each semester.


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:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The Office of Sustainability co-hosted a radio program about sustainability for 3 years.


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The Auxiliary Services Department hosts a sustainability website page to highlight all of the initiatives within their departments.


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