Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.89
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Micah Kenfield
Sustainability Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and 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 (optional):

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:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

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:
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 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 focused on sustainability:
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 the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

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:
Does the institution produce 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 Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and 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 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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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:

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 groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping 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?"


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce 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 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:

The Transportation Demand Management website contains significant information about sustainable commuting and transportation.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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 Transportation Demand Management website contains significant information about sustainable commuting and transportation.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

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 these materials or publications:
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