Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.76
Liaison Jamie Greiner
Submission Date March 22, 2021
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STARS v2.1

University of Mount Union
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jamie Greiner
Sustainability and Campus Outreach Manager
Nature Center
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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):

Please see the link provided below.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

In fall 2020 The Sustainability Management Advisory Committee set up a D2L page called Talkin' SMAC, which provides news/articles/resources/calendar of events/etc. related to Sustainability. Anyone onsite can sign-up to have access to this site.

There is also a Quarterly Newsletter produced by the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. See link below to access the current and archived newsletters.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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 Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center has a Facebook and Instagram account.

The student Sustainability Assistants (Green Raiders) also have accounts:
Instagram - UMUGreenRaiders
Twitter - MUGreenRaiders
Snapchat - UMUGreenRaiders


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?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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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 Mount Union Magazine, an alumni publication printed tri-annually, is provided to all alumni and provides campus, sports and advancement news, feature stories and class notes.

This magazine keeps alumni and friends informed of the programs and activities of the Alumni Association, fellow alumni and the University. Alumni will receive each edition of the magazine as long as the Office of Alumni Engagement has your current address.

The magazine has highlighted sustainability efforts going on campus and highlights work students have done.


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 :

Gartner Welcome Center, a LEED certified Silver building, features a computer slide show (project on a television screen) describing the building of the Welcome Center and the green building principles and ideas used in the construction process. There is also information detailing the geothermal system that is used to heat and cool the building. Sustainability Signs are placed throughout campus to highlight the following features on our Sustainability Tour: Solar panels (Peterson Fieldhouse and HPCC), Tree Campus USA certification, Bike Fix-it Station, White Roof (Tolerton-Hood), Butterfly Garden, LED Lighting, LEED Building Certification, Electric Car Charge Stations, and Hydration Stations.


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

There are screens throughout the campus dining facilities that describe the efforts our food service (AVI) takes to make the dining operations more sustainable, including using recycled materials when possible, composting food waste, purchasing locally grown or produced foods, and encouraging students to practice "trayless" dining to help minimize food waste and water usage. AVI attempts to buy products as locally as possible and that only come in recyclable packaging and recycle as much material as possible. “Napkin Cards” also distribute information from various campus offices and AVI.


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:

There is a sign highlighting the Butterfly Garden and importance of pollinators. Recently, another pollinator habitat was developed and will soon have a sign in place explaining the importance of bees to our food supply.


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:

The Sustainability Tour includes 23 locations around campus. The locations are numbered on the campus map and descriptions of each are provided. The Green Raiders provide tours to campus (part of Freshman Orientation sessions and FYS classes) and community members if interested.


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?:
No

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

N/A


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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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:

We have a formal Campus Wellness Trail and we highlight the use of the local Park Districts Walking and Bike Trails: The Iron Horse Trail (goes through campus) and connects to the Mahoning Valley Trail. These trails are formally adopted by 2 campus organizations and regular clean-up efforts occur involving various students groups (helping to make them aware of safety/usage).


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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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:

Event flyers and Informative Flyers are posted in our University Daily E-mail Blast (UMUToday). The Green Raiders also have a permanent bulletin board in the Campus Center and they display month posters containing sustainability related information.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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