Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.09
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of New Hampshire
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Cathy Meyer
Marketing and Communications Manager
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:
Yes

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

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

Sustainability Institute newsletter highlights how sustainability principles and practices are being integrated throughout UNH's research, education, and practice with local, state, regional, national, and international partners and encourages readers to get involved in programs, events and professional development. Each issue features faculty, staff and student spotlights and shares interesting facts, easy-to-do tips, links to events, program information, blog features info-sessions, UNH calendars, social media, and more. The newsletter comes out monthly. In addition, the Sustainability Institute has social media accounts.
https://www.facebook.com/SustainableUNH
https://www.linkedin.com/company/unh-sustainability-institute/
https://www.instagram.com/sustainableunh/


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

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

UNH has signage that prominently features the Sustainable Development Goals and opportunities for students to get involved in sustainability in the Changemaker Hub—a space dedicated to student action and engagement on sustainability issues. (See https://amigraphics.com/blog/project-highlight-unh-center-for-social-innovation-and-enterprise). In addition, signage across campus highlighting sustainable features like LED lighting, the LEED Gold features of James Hall and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and TV's that display transit information and real-time energy use of buildings. Campus sustainability programs and events are also featured on campus-wide digital screens throughout the academic year.


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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The current version of our campus sustainability tour was first drafted and iterated by students in our Sustainability Dual Major as part of a capstone project (see https://mypages.unh.edu/sust750/sustainability-campus-tour), and has since been formalized by the Sustainability Institute.

Sustainability Institute staff and interns are trained to give the tour and do so as part of a range of campus events (such as orientation, WildCat Days and Earth Week), as well as offering it upon request for classes or interested student groups or even individuals. We've adapted it into an on-demand Virtual Tour, which we've used very heavily in student engagement and outreach efforts during the COVID pandemic. It is available on the UNH sustainability website home page, and has been shared extensively as part of student life programming.
See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKyb5HMn5TU&list=PL90804966451FEA6B&index=2

UNH admissions tour staff are also trained to incorporate sustainability features and highlights into their campus admissions tours.


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

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

UNHSI and Residence Life have collaborated for several years on behavior change and reinforcement campaign with key messages (https://unh.box.com/s/28t1z91o6c452bux64k0mitrl5606e2b) wrapped into regular Res Life staff trainings, as well as newsletters and events.

Residence Life and Housing direct and support students to minimize waste during move-in (when they have a combination of Housing staff and volunteers breaking down boxes in order to ensure reduced contamination among cardboard recycling), throughout the year, and during move-out (when they encourage students to donate belongings to Trash2Treasure program); they run "shorten your shower" and "cut the cord" campaigns; they educate students about nutrition and wellness through Healthy UNH programs; and and model skills and behaviors to increase equity, diversion and inclusion across campus.

They've also incorporated the Sustainability Advocates peer-to-peer education program into the structure of Hall Council, to ensure students can get guidance and support on sustainable living directly from their peers.

UNHSI has created, and Sustainability Advocates share and post, "Live Sustainably at UNH." (https://unh.app.box.com/file/844190881994). And UNHSI and the Student Athletic Advisory Council have created a slideshow with sustainable living tips that is shown in the field house, where many students who live on campus go for recreation, has been shared with Sustainability Advocates, and is available on UNHSI's website https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Gpybo-8bSq1GXxwtTm7PSVpAlWy4lNIgeI0tEmXqLgw/edit#slide=id.gb7ac004f06_1_157

In addition, students living on campus get constant guidance, reinforcement and cues from Campus Dining (https://www.unh.edu/dining/sustainability/what-you-can-do) and Transportation (https://www.unh.edu/transportation/other-services) about sustainable behaviors.


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

UNHSI also releases Sustainability Briefings. Briefings can be written by faculty, students, or staff and cover any topic within sustainability.


Additional documentation to support the submission:

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