Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.29
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of Louisville
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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:

In the Fall of 2010, the UofL Sustainability Council launched a new website (louisville.edu/sustainability) to consolidate information and provide links to the wide variety of sustainability initiatives on our campuses. It includes the following sections:

Sustainability Council:
Annual Reports
Climate Action Plan
Contacts
Council Documents
Eco-Reps
Get Involved
Green Tips
Links
Memberships & Affiliations
Ratings & Rankings
Meeting Schedules

Admin/Finance/Outreach:
Community Engagement
Diversity & Affordability
Human Resources
Investments
Peace & Justice

Education & Research:
Academic Programs
Continuing Ed.
Events
Green Threads
Research

Operations:
Buildings & Energy
Campus Gardens
Food
Green Purchasing
Grounds
Info Tech
Master Planning
Model Green Rooms
Recycling
Stormwater
Transportation
Waste Reduction


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:

UofL Green Scene is a monthly column written by faculty, staff and students engaged in sustainability which is distributed via email to all employees through UofL Today and posted online. All past columns are accessible through the UofL Sustainability News webpage. Past topics include:
• Eco-Representing
• Think Outside The Car
• DEHS takes campus recycling to the next level
• A great food city and beyond
• Students make it happen with low-cost solar
• Wrapping your mind around reducing campus energy use
• UofL loves mountains
• Giving your green to ensure UofL stays green
• Composters wanted
• Team promotes sustainable practices on Shelby Campus
• Strides in the journey, but mountains to climb
• What is sustainability?
• Help make our campus fair – trade, that is
• Sustainable Changes
• Environmental mindfulness
• Sustainable Investing at UofL
• Climate Change Teach-In - be a climate justice super hero
• The Green Dude abides
• Recyclemania returns
• Trees bring both green and gold to Belknap Campus
• Green Careers Speaker Series/internship fair
• Green holidays save money, resources, environment
• Committing to the climate
• Lessons from a summer on the farm
• This is your brain on driving
• Say 'no' to bottled water
• Environmental crime - Why don't those folks ever go to jail?
• How I was 'butt-ed' into action to clean up campus
• Gray Street Farmers' Market
• Getting a food education
• Climate Change Teach-In: Awareness, Education, and Activism
• Living green and loving it


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Does the institution have 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?:
No

A brief description of 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:

• UofL Dining Service (Sodexo) posts a Local Food Map (http://uofldiningservices.com/images/LocalMapFeb2012.gif) explaining where food is sourced and what's in season.
• In partnership with Louisville Farm to Table, UofL Dining Service (Sodexo) produces marketing materials to accompany locally-sourced meal service, including menu identification of local foods and a leaflet stating “U of L Likes Local” with five reasons why the university supports the use of local food and a list of campus sustainability efforts.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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

UofL's Belknap Campus Sustainability Walking Tour requires about one and half hours and is led by UofL's sustainability coordinator or other Sustainability Council members upon request and as a part of several larger public events throughout the year. It was created in 2010 to highlight a variety of initiatives at several stops along the way:
• Cultural Center: Organic Garden Commons, composting & rain barrels
• SAC: Bike racks; BigBelly solar trash compactors; Kentucky Proud section of bookstore
• Threlkeld: Single-stream recycling; energy-efficiency retrofits
• Lutz Circle: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickups; No-Idling Policy
• Steam & Chilled Water Plant: Coal-free campus
• Ernst: Biodiesel program & Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
• Eastern Parkway: Road diet - bike lanes & bus shelters
• Duthie: LEED Gold renovation
• Sackett: Dual-tracking solar array (PV and hot water)
• Gardiner: Green conference room; A&S Green Team office audits; Campus Tree Tour
• Ekstrom: Heine Brothers fair trade, locally-roasted coffee; Bike-share program; Rain Gardens
• Ville Grill: Trayless dining; vegetarian/local/organic/fair-trade foods & food waste composting
• Louisville Hall: Green Dorm Room; Basic Pantry (Cardinal's Nest); TARC HSC-Belknap shuttle stop; WeCar car-share
• College of Business: Water bottle filing station to eliminate bottled water; Green Roof


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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:

In 2009, UofL launched a "Commute Green" campaign to provide commuters with information about lower-impact transportation alternatives including: living close enough to campus to walk, bicycling, taking the bus, and carpooling or vanpooling. This guide is available online and is distributed in print at a wide variety of events, including new employee and new student orientations, Campus Sustainability Day, Earth Day, and Transportation Alternatives Fairs.
An online resource page specifically for bicycle commuting to UofL has also been created: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/transportation.html


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

The Cards Go Green! Pledge includes over two-dozen ideas for green living from reducing waste to conserving energy and water. Students are asked to pledge to take at least three of the steps when the guide is distributed in print at a wide variety of events, including new student orientations, Campus Sustainability Day, Earth Day, and Transportation Alternatives Fairs. The Sustainability Council also maintains a Green Tips webpage, listing ideas about what residents and anyone at UofL can do to lead a more sustainable life and help improve our community.


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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 Louisville Cardinal student newspaper regularly covers sustainability-related topics, and has assigned reporters to the sustainability beat. These articles are archived here: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/news.html. The 2010-2011 Louisville Cardinal editor, Elijah McKenzie, covered the sustainability beat and created a "Recycle This Page" blog: http://elijahmckenzie.wordpress.com/.


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

A brief description of this material:

University Communications & Marketing has a reporter assigned to the campus sustainability beat and regularly produces press releases and outreach material (stories, photos, videos, and announcements) for both internal and external audiences.


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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:

The daily "UofL Today" campus news and announcement service includes a weekly "Green Tip" highlighting ways people in the UofL community can get involved in promoting sustainability (especially through choices they make in their daily lives).


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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:

Sustainability Tips and events are included in the monthly online First Year Student Newsletter, "The FRY (Your First Rate Year)."


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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:

Green Tips and information about local foods and learning to cook (through the Basic Pantry program and others) are included in the monthly Campus Health News produced by Campus Health Services. Similarly, UofL's employee health and wellness program, Get Healthy Now, produces a monthly "Happenings" bulletin with sustainability-related announcements and ideas (e.g. biking to work, eating local and seasonal foods, etc.).


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Sustainability Green Tips and stories about campus sustainability initiatives are occasionally included in the UofL Connection alumni newsletter and UofL Magazine.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The journal Sustain is published semi-annually by the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development at UofL. The Institute provides a forum to conduct interdisciplinary research, applied scholarly analysis, public service and educational outreach on environmental and sustainable development issues at the local, state, national and international levels. Each issue of Sustain focuses on different themes, including:
Issue 9: Kentucky's Environmental Future
Issue 10: Justice and the Environment
Issue 11: Global Sustainability
Issue 12: Green Cities
Issue 13: Pollution and Heart Disease
Issue 14: Land Conservation
Issue 15: Our Energy Future
Issue 16: Climate Change
Issue 17: Evolving Pollution Prevention
Issue 18: Student Research
Issue 19: Environmental History
Issue 20: Sustainable Building
Issue 21: Sustainable Communities
Issue 22: Environmentally Responsible Land Use
Issue 23: Renewable Energy
Issue 24: Stream Restoration
Issue 25: Biodiversity
Issue 26: Active Transportation
Issue 27: Local Foods


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The monthly President’s Report produced by the Office of the President is now proudly 100% Carbon Neutral (The delivery of this publication is carbon neutral and it is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper) and highlights campus sustainability initiatives from time to time, such as June 2010.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
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