Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison John Hickey
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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STARS v1.1

University of Puget Sound
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John Hickey
Associate Vice President of Business Services/Community Engagment
Business Services
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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:

The sustainability website (found at www.pugetsound.edu/sustainability or www.pugetsound.edu/loggerslivegreen) hosts information about the Sustainability Advisory Committee, sustainability commitments we have signed (Talloires Declaration and Presidents Climate Commitment), sustainability in the curriculum, green building practices, news and events, and resources ranging from guides to living greener on campus, a recommended reading list, and downloadable copies of the monthly sustainability newsletter, The Recycled Rag, which is in its fifth year of production. Distributed to Residence Life staff to share with residents, the newsletter is also posted monthly in strategic locations around campus, such as the Wheelock Student Center, key classroom buildings, and in some campus restrooms (nothing like a captive audience). We have hosted student sustainability research speakers and will continue doing so in future years. We have documentation on our website about Puget Sound's green building practices and features used on campus, as well as laminated signage (featuring the campus sustainability branding mentioned earlier) posted in residence halls and Greek houses with tips on how campus residents can make choices to live greener (focusing on energy and water usage). The signage in our dining facilities related to sustainable choices is currently being re-designed. The new signage will display the campus sustainability branding logo mentioned previously (Loggers Live Green). In addition, the campus newspaper independently covers a wide variety of sustainability topics. The SAC Outreach subcommittee will continue this coverage. As this staffing changes year-to-year, contact must be renewed to encourage coverage of sustainability issues in the campus newspaper.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Recycled Rag, which is in its fifth year of production, is distributed to Residence Life staff to share with their residents. The newsletter is also posted in strategic locations around campus each month, such as in the student center, key classroom buildings, and some campus restrooms (nothing like a captive audience).


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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:

Nothing specific to sustainability. The university does have a website that lists student research in general.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

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

We do not have signage that lists green building features. We have documentation on our website about green building practices and features used on campus.


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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 signage in our dining facilities related to sustainable choices is currently being re-designed due to a recent change in the management of that department. However, the new signage is planned to display the campus sustainability branding logo mentioned previously (Loggers Live Green).


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

We have transportation trip reduction representatives on campus who work to decrease the amount of single occupancy car travel to and from campus. In addition to the outreach done by these individuals, there is a new section on the website that details alternative methods for travel near campus and around the Puget Sound region.


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

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

We have documentation on our website about green building practices and features used on campus as well as laminated signage (featuring campus sustainability branding mentioned earlier) posted in residence halls and Greek houses with tips on how campus residents can make choices to live greener (focusing on waste reduction, energy and water usage).


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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)?:
No

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:

The campus newspaper independently covers a wide variety of sustainability topics. The SAC Outreach subcommittee will continue this coverage with each year's newspaper editor. As this staffing changes year to year, the contact must be renewed to encourage coverage of sustainability issues in the campus newspaper.


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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 Recycled Rag, in its fifth year of production, is published monthly and distributed to campus residents and posted throughout campus in buildings, including public posting areas and restrooms. It contains information about upcoming sustainability events, current sustainability activities/projects,and sustainability education/behavior guidance.


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