Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date March 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Stephanie Lage
Assistant Director
Ctr for Sustainable Environment
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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 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 Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and 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:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and 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


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

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment has both a facebook page and a twitter account and actively posts news about campus sustainability.


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:

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:
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 where visitors 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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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:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

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?"


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:

Wellness walk themed around sustainability initiatives on campus.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The University and surrounding communities work together to develop and provide a bike map that is distributed widely.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

At University housing, all resident advisors are trained in green living practices, and they in turn encourage the students to incorporate sustainability into their lives.


The website URL for 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:

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

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


The website URL for this material (1st material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd 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.


The website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

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

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


The website URL for this material (3rd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th 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

A brief description of this material (7th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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