Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tyler Arrigo
Program Coordinator- Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 Office of Sustainability maintains a continually evolving website that serves as a resource that centralizes all information for sustainability on campus.

The website is regularly updated by staff and students in the Office of Sustainability.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

N/A


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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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 Office of Sustainability maintains Twitter and Instagram accounts. Twitter is the primary social media account of the Office of Sustainability. Instagram is regularly updated by a student within the Office of Sustainability. We also have a Facebook page but it is no longer updated.


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:

When there is a sustainability issue of interest to students, we work with UMass Lowell's student newspaper "The Connector" to ensure it is adequately covered.

Principal coverage comes from the main UMass Lowell University Relations department, which has assigned a staff writer to sustainability topics.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce 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:

The Climate Change Initiative dedicates a portion of its website to student experiences.


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 :

All LEED Certified buildings have the relevant plaque prominently displayed in high traffic areas. The Office of Sustainability, working with Facilities management and art students have developed signage that highlights specific sustainability features in buildings. University Crossing for example, includes signage related to daylight harvesting technology, green roofs, and FSC certified wood.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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:

All of our Green Restaurant locations have prominent signage on their entrances.

Campus dining commons has banners and table top signage that highlight local and sustainable products.

Furthermore, our Urban Agriculture Site features a prominent sign onsite.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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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 university has installed signage to identify pollinator habitats on campus. In addition, specimen trees on campus are identified with plaques and informational signage. The Lowell Riverwalk has regular interpretive signage that highlights Lowell's unique natural and industrial heritage which is centered around the Merrimack River.

At numerous locations throughout the campus we employ signage to identify sustainable landscaping strategies. Examples includes bioswales at LEED buildings and signage at our urban agriculture site that points to organic and sustainable growing techniques and landscape management.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Transportation Services developed a bicycle and walking map tour. In addition, the newly developed sustainability story map points out areas of interest related to sustainability.


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:

Sustainable transportation and carpooling is featured on the UMass Lowell Website.

Furthermore, uml.edu/bike serves as a one-stop shop for all things biking and bike transportation on campus.


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:

Transportation Services developed a bicycle and walking map tour

Furthermore, uml.edu/bike serves as a one-stop shop for all things biking and bike transportation on campus.


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?:
No

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

N/A


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 UMass Lowell Facilities Department has developed a series of publications regarding energy conservation such as: Summer Energy and Sustainability Tips, Measurable Steps to Become Carbon Neutral, and Appliance Energy Use.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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