Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.07
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date March 21, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Montana
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Cherie Peacock
Sustainability Coordinator
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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Greening UM is a website of all sustainability and environmentally focused initiatives happening at the University of Montana. Components of the website include the Green Thread Faculty Workshop, the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund (KRELF), Climate Action Plan, and many more initiatives and campaigns.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

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Does the institution have 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:

Camas magazine aims to cultivate novel ideas and perspectives while remaining rooted in the inherited traditions of art and literature of the American West. Founded by Environmental Studies graduate students at the University of Montana in 1992, Camas is a biannual environmental literary magazine that continues to be produced by students in the Environmental Studies program. Our goals are to encourage a dialogue on environmental and cultural issues in the West; celebrate the people who work, study, write, and live here; and provide an opportunity for students and emerging writers to publish their work alongside established environmental authors.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

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

The Payne Family Native American Center was constructed from 2009-2010 and is the first LEED certified building on the University of Montana campus as well as the first “off-reservation building in the state of Montana designed to symbolically represent Native American culture and Montana’s twelve tribes.” (LEED Brochure)
In order to raise awareness regarding LEED certification, the building provides informational brochures that explain nearly all of the steps taken to reach Platinum status, as well as a blueprint of the building that shows where these steps were taken. The point system is also broken down to explain where we received points for different categories, such as water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, and innovation & design. This brochure is a great way to succinctly explain the hard work and dedication needed to receive a LEED Platinum rating. In addition to the brochure, signage in the building points out sustainability 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:

Farm to College Signage throughout Dining Services- Dining Service’s Farm to College Program provides a multitude of educational outreach signs and visuals that provides students and the campus community as a whole to see and understand where and who their food is coming from. Some examples of signage and visual aids the program utilizes include creating special menus, providing name cards for locally grown products, and custom-designed seed starting racks that are placed in a display window just outside of the busiest dining hall, the Food Zoo, where students can see the beginning stages of growth of organic and heirloom produce.


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

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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:

Go Griz Go Green Sustainability Walking Map- The Associated Students of the Univeristy of Montana Office of Sustainability here on the University of Montana campus designed a sustainability walking map that shows where on campus these initiatives are occurring as well as exactly what is being done to move our campus towards a sustainable future.


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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:

Associated Students of the Univeristy of Montana Transportation Bike and Bus Maps- The Transportation Board developed a Bike and Bus map that outlines the bike paths found in Missoula and also provides the times that the Park-n-Ride and UDASH buses can be found throughout the day and the city.


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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:

Green Your Dorm Room- The Office of Sustainability developed a guide for students living within a Residence Hall setting that provides information on how to be more sustainable while residing in that particular environment. Some suggestions the guide provides include shopping at a local thrift store instead of buying new, turning off all your electronics at night, bringing a bike instead of a car, purchasing a mini-clothesline for drying, and much more.


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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)?:
No

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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:

Farm to College Informational Brochure- An informational brochure produced by UM’s Farm to College program that outlines a variety of important aspects involved with the program. These include a definition of local food, opportunities for students to get involved, an array of benefits the program provides, a visual map showing the distance traveled from supplier to UM, and contact information for suppliers all around the state.


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