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Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Nevada Las Vegas
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tom Piechota
Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research
Division of Research and Graduate Studies
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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 No
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 No
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience No
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:

Urban 21, the website for the UNLV Urban Sustainability Initiative, also serves as a repository for all information related to sustainability on campus. In addition, Urban 21 also describes campus sustainability efforts, events and outreach, and a detailed breakdown of campaigns overseen by the UNLV Sustainability Council.

Important Sustainability Council documents hosted on the Urban 21 website include: a copy of the Council membership roster, the Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory, a copy of the UNLV President's Climate Commitment, a link to the Club Ride carpool program organized by the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), and the UNLV sustainability policy on energy & water efficiency.

In addition to this website, UNLV Sustainability is currently creating a new website that will also provide further information related to sustainability at this campus.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The UNLV Urban Sustainability Listserv creates a linked community of people with shared interests in the broad category of sustainability. The list-serve provides regular updates and serves as an informal newsletter for all members of the campus community interested in sustainability.

It provides an easy, email based mechanism by which UNLV faculty and staff members, UNLV students, and community members can stay informed about public events, academic opportunities (professional conferences, students contests, local and regional events), and general issues associated with urban sustainability.

The listserve allows for targeted messages to be shared in a closed, subscription-only environment.

UNLV's Dining services provides a monthly sustainability newsletter. This newsletter highlights various things associated to sustainability. Some examples include monthly sustainability events, promotions on reusable cups, healthy recipes, and any new sustainability policy that is established at this institution.


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

On campus there are various social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability such as:
-UNLV Dining's Facebook page - UNLV Dining post information on their Facebook page pertaining to sustainability. Promotion of reusable bottles and sustainable eating habits.
-Take Back the Tap, UNLV uses its website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to promote and educate on the ill effects single-use plastic water bottles have on our earth.
-UNLV Compost Facebook Page - "With education and community unification on campus, let's lead UNLV toward a zero waste future with composting!"


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

UNLV has an Institutional Repository (IR) that archives student scholarly work for the campus. An institutional repository is a digital archive with the primary purpose of collecting, preserving, and disseminating intellectual output. Content is collected in one location, providing global, open access to a university’s scholarly material and grey literature (technical reports, unpublished works) that might otherwise be lost. Institutional repositories have digital interoperability, enabling research content aggregators to automate metadata harvesters (OAI-PMH), providing greater visibility to disseminate scholarship on a global scale. Scholarship is organized by communities and collections, enabling a user to easily browse materials or by utilizing the convenient search box. In the digital IR environment, research materials can be archived in text, audio, or video formats. Uploaded materials are immediately accessible to the public, eliminating publishing lag time and ensuring timely research. Users may sign up for email alerts or enable an RSS feed to be notified of recently posted items. The institutional repository services will further facilitate the Center’s role as a clearinghouse/networking source for solar energy information in the state and beyond. The Lied Libraries will also provide library research expertise, solar resource guides, and research collection development in solar-related print and e-books, multimedia, and more.


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

Several high performance buildings at UNLV feature signage that highlights green building features:

1) Campus Services Building
In 2007, UNLV earned national recognition and a plaque for the Campus Services Building (CSB) from Energy Star for being a high performance facility.

To earn the award a building's energy performance must fall in the top 25 percentile based on a national standard produced by the U. S. Energy Information Administration. The plaque is displayed in the lobby of CSB.

2) Greenspun Hall
LEED v2.2 Gold Rated Greenspun Hall (GUA) displays the US Green Building Council plaque to commemorate its delivery to the built environment of UNLV.

3) Science & Engineering Building
The Science & Engineering Building (SEB) has earned a LEED v 2.1 Silver rating. Descriptive signs are posted in the lobby to highlight several prominent features of the building, including water reclamation, energy saving, recycled materials, and construction materials.

4) Placards to designate hydration stations are located in all the buildings. The signs encourage students to use the units and provide facts on why it is important to reduce, reuse and refill.


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

For food services flyers indicating "Meatless Mondays" or other various sustainable food systems are place on bulletin boards in dining commons as well as virtually on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Information is neat and simple to read with graphics. Stickers on the sneeze guards, in the buffet area of the Dining Commons, encourage students to only take what they can consume.


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

The UNLV Arboretum was established in May of 1985. Legislation enabled the University of Nevada Board of Regents to establish arboreta at both of the four year institutions within the state, including our sister arboretum at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The UNLV Arboretum includes the entire 335 acre campus. Of this acreage, 80 acres are landscaped with trees, shrubs, and turf, including a two acre Xeric Garden. The grounds are often referred to as the Emerald in the Desert, a maxim that has been attached to the recently created Arboretum logo.

Plants found in Southern Nevada landscaping are displayed in mature form throughout the campus setting. One may tour the campus landscape at a leisurely pace, any time or day of the week.

The Xeric Garden is located at the entrance to the Marjorie Barrick Museum. Created in 1988, this garden contains plants from arid regions from around the world. Numerous informative signs are located throughout the garden. Many plants are in bloom, regardless of the season, but spring is the best time to visit as virtually every plant has some color.

Guided tours of the campus grounds are available upon request. Inquiries may be directed to the Horticultural Supervisor by calling (702) 895-0952, by correspondence, UNLV Arboretum, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451013, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1013 or by e-mail at grndshop@unlv.edu


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

Club Ride is a program administered through the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) that helps students, teachers, and university employees get to and from work more economically. Club ride provides information on

* Carpool and Vanpool partners
* Transit schedules and routing
* Walking and biking information


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

UNLV Innovation is the research magazine of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Designed to provide enhanced coverage of UNLV research, scholarship, and creative activity, the annual publication also seeks to inform various constituencies about the nature and value of university research.

The recent emphasis on sustainability & diversity naturally place research focused on these core values front and center.


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