Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.45
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Louisville
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 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

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:
The UofL Sustainability Council has been consistently blogging since 2015, with subscribers and regular postings about sustainability (http://uoflsustainable.wordpress.com/), as well as a MailChimp e-newsletter that is distributed to hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community partners twice each semester. The UofL Sustainability Council also actively maintains social media platforms on: - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uoflsustainable/ - Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UofLSustainable - Twitter: http://twitter.com/UofLSustainable - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1aEC1pyYPWZ2J7HUFiLMDw/videos - TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@uoflsustainable

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
At a dozen locations around campus, UofL collaborated with the Louisville Water Company beginning in 2014-15 to install large, professional signs over bottle filling stations promoting the environmental, health, and financial benefits of choosing tap water over bottled water. The signage was refreshed with new messaging and themes in 2019. Similar signage had previously been installed a number of UofL Athletics facilities. https://louisville.edu/sustainability/news/uofl-partners-with-louisville-water-co-to-promote-tap-over-bottled-water-in-the-bab UofL's LEED Gold Student Recreation Center opened in October 2013, featuring geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water, rainwater capture & storage for irrigation, and a Siemens building dashboard prominently available in the lobby on an interactive touch-screen that displays the performance of these systems and explains their function. The digital signage also displays green tips encouraging building users to make more sustainable choices in their daily lives.

Does the institution provide 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 90 minutes 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: 1. SAC: Solar compactors; pervious pavers; CSA pick-ups; Cardinal Cupboard Pantry & Food Recovery; UofL Free Store; covered bike parking & DIY bike fixit stations 2. BAB: De-Paving; Stormwater infiltration systems; LouVelo bikeshare; Single-stream recycling 3. Steam & Chilled Water Plant: Coal-free; energy-efficiency; Solar Natatorium 4. Ernst: Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research; Phoenix House; Biodiesel & Hemp research 5. Eastern Parkway: Road diet – traffic calming, bike lanes, crosswalks & bus shelters 6. Duthie & Sackett (Speed School): LEED Gold renovation; Dual-axis solar array 7. Gardiner: Campus Tree Tour/Tree Campus USA; Model Green conference room 8. Strickler: Organic Garden Commons; composting; Korfhage Native Plant Garden 9. College of Business: Water bottle filing stations; vegetated roof; storm water infiltration systems 10. Ville Grill: Zero waste/trayless dining/composting; vegetarian/local/fair-trade foods 11. Louisville Hall: Model Green Dorm Room; Free transit w/UofL ID 12. SRC: LEED Gold; geothermal; rainwater capture; solar showers; building dashboard; UofL bikeshare 13. Urban & Public Affairs: Delawning; Horticulture Zone; rain barrels; composting; off-grid greenhouse with solar fans A virtual version of the tour is available at https://www.youtube.com/embed/jCrEwkLRQgo We have also developed a Campus Tree Tour, with maps and pamphlets available at the campus Information Centers. A story map version is available at http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=66c49c24c5dc4ea481ce4594642aa5c1

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/or 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, Move-In Day, UofL Involvement Fair, Campus Sustainability Day, and other campus events. 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. https://louisville.edu/sustainability/CardsGoGreenPledge.pdf https://louisville.edu/sustainability/green-tips

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
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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