Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Jeannie Matheison
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Idaho
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jeannie L. Matheison
Director
Sustainability Center
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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):
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The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Center distributes a weekly newsletter to the student body and selected faculty, staff, and community partners.


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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 Sustainability Center hosts social media platforms focused on sustainability. These include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


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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?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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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:
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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 :

The Integrated Research and Innovation Center and the College of Education, the university's first LEED GOLD buildings both feature LEED plaques and signage highlighting 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:

At the university's undergraduate dining hall there is extensive information about nutritional offerings, a vegan and vegetarian station, and LINK a for-profit organization which works to build a regional sustainable food system by linking farmers to new markets and ensuring the highest quality product. In addition, Sodexo has posted information about a Gold Class 2018 sustainability award which" reinforces its position as one of the most sustainable companies in the world by earning the ROBECOSAM award for the eleventh year in a row.

On their website, Sodexo shares information about local suppliers, biofuels, and going trayless:

Local Suppliers
Vandals Dining is proud to support the local community by choosing food sources within the region, reducing miles needed for transport and carbon impact due to shipping. Some of our local sources include Soil Stewards, Shepard's Grain flour, Vandal Brand Meats, Lithouse Dressing (based in Sandpoint, Idaho), Kiska Farms, Borton Fruit, Clear Springs Foods trout, and Meadow Gold milk.

BioFuel Program
All cooking oil used at The Hub is recycled through Ventura Foods' PURE program. It is converted to biofule, which reduces waste as well as reduces The Hub's carbon footprint. To further reduce the size of that footprint, Vandals Dining's catering trucks run on biofuel--allowing us to re-use our own cooking oil to get our food where it needs to go!

Trayless
The resident dining hall at University of Idaho has been trayless since fall of 2010. By removing trays, we are able to save 56,000 gallons of water per year to help preserve the Palouse Basin aquifer. In addition to saving water, going trayless also saves energy and detergent, while significantly reducing food waste.


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:

Signage is located at (1) Art & Architecture - water resource conservation, (2) Living & Learning Centers – native planting projects, and (3) all over campus signs remind people that U-Idaho uses reclaimed water for grounds keeping, instead of potable water from the aquifer.


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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

A sustainable transportation webpage provides commuters with eight options.

(1) Car-Share with Zipcar. Zipcar offers the convenience of car ownership without the hassles of having a car on campus.

(2) Ride-Share with Zimride. Zimride makes it fun and easy to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. Find UI friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are and share the ride!

(3) Catch a Ride with the City of Moscow VanPool. With three vans available to meet the community's needs, the Moscow VanPool program offers a safe, reliable and comfortable option for your daily commute.

(4) Ride a Bike. Commuting on a bicycle in the City of Moscow and on the University of Idaho campus is a great choice, it's convenient, economical and fun!

(5) The Vandal Access Shuttle provides on-campus transportation to individuals with disabilities.

(6) Use Public Transportation. Moscow Valley Transit provides two transit routes within the City of Moscow and connects riders to the University of Idaho.

(7) Need Transportation Between WSU and UI? Reliance Transport is a privately owned business that provides daily shuttle service between Pullman and Moscow, as well as other charter and shuttle services.

(8) Don't want to bring a car to campus, but still want to make it home for the holidays? Northwestern Trailways provides daily bus service to major cities in the Inland Northwest.


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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 Parking and Transportation office hosts multiple web pages with educational information for bicyclists and pedestrians including, a code of conduct, program goals, bike benefits, safety protocol, security, commuting and sidewalk etiquette for bikes and pedestrians.


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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

CALS Publishing works with UI Extension and the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station to publish educational, research-based information for specialized audiences and the public. We publish digitally and in print, including e-books, videos, and multimedia curricula.

Topics include forestry, water, food, small acreage farming and much more.


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