Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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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):

The sustainability website is apart of the Ontario Tech U website. It includes our sustainability policies, initiatives and energy management plan. It also includes information about our sustainability committee and Blue Team, initiatives on campus and in the community.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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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 Blue Team, an initiative run by the Office of Sustainability has a Facebook, twitter and instagram page. The Blue Team uses their social media platform to spread awareness about local and campus sustainability events. Social media is also used to spread awareness about green tips, and environmental facts.
Furthermore this has been integrated into a capstone, for marketing students to be able to test and improve our social media.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Stories are regularly featured in "The Chronicle" student newspaper. Articles are developed by media students whenever there are notable events or initiatives.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce 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:

Not only does Ontario Tech U post research findings in the library (accessible online), we also host a research showcase for students to present and discuss their research.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

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

Geothermals: digital advertisement demonstrating and explaining geothermal systems.
There is also a dedicated outdoor TV monitor that displays all sustainability related projects (solar generation on campus, info on geothermals, etc.)


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:

Get the Good Stuff Label: A labeling system to help students find healthier and more sustainable coursed choices.
'Green Thread', Aramarks sustainability programming initiatives are highlighted and shared both online and in the food outlets around campus


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

Ontario Tech U promotes commuters using alternative modes of transportation by providing a bus pass to all full time students. Bus schedules can be found at the front security desk in the Gorden Wiley Building. Also promoting Blancride, a carpooling app to connect students.

Students can contact Durham Region Transit to find out how to use public transit, or which bus to take. UOIT also encourages carpooling by having designated parking spots for carpoolers. UOIT has an app for students, Blancride, to connect and share rides. UOIT encourages biking by supporting student groups such as CyclOn, and making the campus biker friendly. UOIT also has a map listing all the bike racks on campus.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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 campus map that includes all the bike rack locations


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?:
Yes

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

During Resident Move In, the Blue Team shares a campus sustainability presentation and provides students with bookmarks containing information about green living. This information was also posted on our social media platforms.


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:

Sustainability Today is an online blog posted on Ontario Tech U's website. The author of the blog is Daniel Hoornweg. The blog covers a variety of sustainable topics such as climate change and protecting wildlife.

We also share sustainability outreach material in the 'Weekly Report' and email that gets sent to all staff and faculty.


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