Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Madeleine Jones
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Environmental Studies Program currently oversees and shares an open newsletter available to anyone on campus or in the community. It includes jobs, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and a classifieds section. Any campus or community member is invited to submit content for the newsletter, which is published in an online version as well as sent via email.

The ASUM Sustainability Center also manages a Facebook page and an Instagram account which focus on sustainability at UM. The accounts primarily promote events on campus and in the community, share resources, and highlight campus community members engaging in sustainability.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asumsustain
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asum.sustainability/?hl=en

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

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

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. In order to raise awareness of LEED credits and 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.

In addition to the NAC, the Fitness & Recreation Center (campus gym) contains a number of signs calling attention to resource conservation projects that have been implemented over the last few years including: daylighting in the basketball courts, solar panels on the roof, and 3 water bottle refilling stations.

There are also signs highlighting projects that are funded by the Kless Sustainability Fund in various buildings across campus, including signs above many of our water bottle filling stations.

In the Eck Building there is a sign explaining the solar array on the building's roof.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Go Griz Go Green Sustainability Walking Map- The Associated Students of the University of Montana Sustainability Center publishes a sustainability walking map that identifies sustainability-related locations on campus as well as exactly what is being done to move our campus towards a sustainable future.

The interactive campus map located on the University of Montana homepage also has a sustainability layer that viewers can select from a menu of map layers. The layer includes recycling hubs, bike parking, solar arrays, LEED certified buildings, and other sustainability projects/features around campus. https://map.umt.edu/#17/46.86197/-113.98283

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

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

Green Your Dorm Room- The Office of Sustainability offers a guide for students living in the residence halls that provides tips on basic sustainability topics and sustainable behaviors. Some suggestions from the guide include: shopping at local thrift stores instead of buying new, turning off all your electronics at night, bringing a bike instead of a car, purchasing a mini clothesline for drying, washing your clothes with cold water, and how to recycle in the residence halls. To supplement, UM sustainability coordinators offer a sustainability-themed training to Resident Assistants (RAs) each fall and coordinate sustainability events in collaboration with Residence Life.

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

Farm to College Informational Brochure- An informational brochure produced by UM’s Farm to College program that outlines UMD's sustainable purchasing efforts. This include a definition of local food, opportunities for students to get involved, an array of benefits the program provides, a map illustrating the distance traveled from supplier to UM, and contact information for suppliers all around the state.

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. The goals of the publication 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. http://www.camasmagazine.org/

UM Sustainability releases an annual Sustainability Report Card that highlights notable accomplishments in sustainability broken down by category. This is shared via social media as well as displayed across campus and highlighted as part of any tabling and outreach. A link to the most recent report can be found here: https://www.umt.edu/sustainability/about/sustainability-annual-report-2020.pdf

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Several of the links we've provided are not for PDFs of the outreach materials we offer at UM, but rather are the websites of the organizations that generate these materials, many of which contain similar information on sustainable commuting, food systems sustainability efforts, etc. that we include in our printed documents.

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