Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Kyrke Gaudreau
Submission Date Aug. 20, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Northern British Columbia
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Danielle Smyth
Green University Project Manager
Office of the Provost
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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:

UNBC's central sustainability website was developed and is maintained by the Communications Department. The site is linked from the University homepage and it provides information about UNBC's sustainability efforts related to teaching, research, operations, and student and community engagement. The site also provides information related to the activities of the Green University Planning Committee (including minutes), the Green Fund Program and a comprehensive section on energy projects.

This website is in the process of redevelopment and will be released in it's new form in December 2011.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Green University Newsletter was developed in 2010. Several issues of this electronic newsletter were distributed to students, staff and faculty. The purpose of this publication was to highlight ongoing sustianability projects and innovative examples of leadership in sustainability across campus. Some newsletter features included the efforts of the Childcare Centre and an innovative sustainable business developed by UNBC alumni. The newsletter format is currently being revised and will be released in the Fall 2011.


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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:

Student research is displayed on the central sustainability website when available.


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?:
No

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

In development.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building 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:

The campus cafeteria displays signage related to OceanWise and organic options, local food promotion and free range poultry and eggs.


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 grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

There are signs located across campus indicating where sustainable landscape features exist (i.e Native Plant garden).


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
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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:

The UNBC Green Tour Map was originally developed for use in student and employee orientation. It has since been used to guide tours for visitors to campus, school groups and conference attendees. The walking tour includes stops to the campus composting site, bioenergy facility and on campus food and botanical gardens.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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

In development.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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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)?:
Yes

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:

Topics of environmental and social sustainability are regularly featured in the weekly on campus newspaper "Over the Edge". Previous stories have covered the UNBC Green Fund, sustainability contests and bottled water.
A sample newspaper can be found at:
http://web.unbc.ca/edge/archive/vol17/ote_vol17iss04.pdf


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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:

The Green Unviersity Centre uses Facebook and twitter as outreach tools. Daily updates are provided about sustainability initiatives and events for the campus community.

www.facebook.com/GreenUNBC
www.twitter.com/GreenUNBC


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

A facebook page and video were developed to highlight UNBC's efforts related to renewable energy. This outreach material was mainly focused on new or incoming students to UNBC, as a means of enhancing student learning about sustainability outside the classroom.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The University magazine titled Update regularly features stories on social and environmental sustainability. The most recent issue (Spring 2011) featured a cover story on UNBC's bioenergy projects.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Communications Department has developed a series of publications with information on the University's renewable energy programs and LEED certified buildings.


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