Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 August Horner
Sustainability Student Asst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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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 No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

It All Adds Up is the U's sustainability campaign. Designed to enlist the university community's help in making campus more sustainable, It All Adds Up encourages individual and collective actions to reduce our environmental impact, conserve resources, and demonstrate sustainable practices.

The website itself is supposed to bring all aspects sustainable together in order to give an inclusive access for sustainability topics to the public.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Each year we collect email addresses of incoming students, and communicate with them through out the year through a biweekly newsletter about sustainability news and events to get involved with on campus.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

It All Adds Up has Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts that get faculty, students, and other departments involved with sustainability. The main pages are updated daily with sustainable tips to living and achievements that the University has attained surrounding sustainability. All activities on social media are tagged with #MySustainableU to establish a calling card that social media viewers can recognize.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Sustainability Education department has a news feed on their website directly for undergraduate achievements and reports on them whenever student sustainability research has been completed.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Signage includes key sustainability features:
Energy Star certified efficient equipment
Heat recovery mechanical systems
High efficiency plumbing and lighting fixtures
Vegetated roof
Water reclamation system


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Brochure includes sustainable food procurement, waste stream management, responsible procurement, and water & energy conservation.


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

Living Labs have signs for each specific grounds project that give the public basic information on the what type of research is being conducted and where it is.


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:

The walking map tour allows viewers to explore sustainability sites through out the institution by zooming in and out on certain areas. Each site on the map has a description in the map tour itself so people can learn about the places they find.


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 University of Minnesota is the third largest generator of traffic in the State of Minnesota after the downtown areas of St. Paul and Minneapolis. To facilitate all of these trips to and around campus, the University has become a leader in sustainable transportation services, offering a variety of programs that reduce emissions, noise pollution, and traffic congestion. Such programs include car-sharing, reduced fare passes for public transit, incentives for bike commuters, a social media site for carpooling, and free campus shuttles.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The University of Minnesota Bike Commuter Program uses a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) technology called ZAP to enable automated recognition of bike commuting. The system was developed by Dero Bike Racks, a local company, and pioneered right here at the University of Minnesota. It is an effortless way of verifying and logging bike trips, then rewarding and incentivizing bicycle commuters. Faculty and staff can earn credit toward reducing health insurance premiums and students can win gift cards and other prizes through the program.


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

University of Minnesota Housing & Residential Life is committed to doing what we can to conserve water and resources, as well as promoting recycling and green living in our residential communities. We have taken many steps in the right direction including:

Recycling programs
Low-flow shower and toilet features
Water and energy-saving laundry facilities
Recycled materials in hall offices
In addition, the HRL Sustainability Committee meets once a month to better understand and respond to sustainability issues and opportunities within Housing.

Peer-to-Peer staff & Volunteers:
HRL has a Sustainability Education Coordinator (SEC) staff position and about 10-15 volunteer Sustainability Advocates. The Sustainability Advocates meet regularly with and gain direction from the SEC; they all provide peer-to-peer sustainability outreach, helping facilitate in-building sustainability community development with councils, aid with public relations and advertising, and help support HRL-wide (and U) sustainability efforts.


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

Through the Institute on the Environment, this publication is centered around environmental events and news. It is published every month.


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