Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.51
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date July 31, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Stephanie Lage
Assistant Director
Ctr for Sustainable Environment
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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:

The Center for Sustainable Environment maintains a website that encompasses the many sustainability initiatives occurring on campus. There are separate sections for education, research, engagement and operations.


The website URL for the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Center for a Sustainable Environment sends out a weekly electronic newsletter on Tuesday mornings. Items are received from various stakeholders for inclusion in this mailing. Major sections of the newsletter include 1) Seminars/Conferences/Workshops; 2) Course Offerings; 3) Funding Opportunities; 4) Other Announcements


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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:

In addition to the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium held each spring, the Center for Sustainable Environment hosts a forum in fall and spring where students may present their sustainability research.


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 :

Each of our LEED buildings has signage that highlights the green features. For example, the Business Instructional Facility has a large electronic, interactive monitor visitiors can review each of the green features of the building. Each new renovation or construction provides signage telling about the green features.


The website URL for building 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:

In each of the dining halls, local foods are prominently marked with a sticker on the protective glass. In addition, a flyer 'Why Eat Local' is posted at the beginning of the line.


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 grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

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

The Illinois campus has identified several different areas as No-Mow Zones. The signage located in these areas clearly explains 'Why is the grass taller here?"


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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:

Wellness walk themed around sustainability initiatives on campus.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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 annual Campus Guide includes a section about transportation to include cycling, zipcar, and Mass Transit.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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Does the institution have a guide for green living and 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 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:

The Daily Illini is the main student newspaper on campus. Sustainability efforts and challenges are regularly covered in this paper. There are usually two or more reporters who cover evironment or sustainability topics.


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

A brief description of this material:

The Green Observer is a student-run newspaper devoted to reporting on environmental issues. A new issue is published twice per year.


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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:

Magnets titled "A Greener Campus in 10 Easy Steps" were created to share at engagement activities to encourage faculty, staff, and students to make sustainable decisions.


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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:

Campus Facilities and Services has created several fact sheets including tips for recycling, information about the savings from retrocommissioning, and lighting retrofits.


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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:

Sustainability messages were created for the Division of Inter-collegiate Athletics to share on scoreboards, or other media during time-outs and half-time.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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