Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.13
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of San Diego
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alison Sanchirico
Sustainability Coordinator
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:
A weekly, campus-wide, electronic newsletter (Torero Weekly) is sent out that includes a sustainability section. Each week this section is filled with updates from the Office of Sustainability, regarding events, campaigns, programs, projects, initiatives, successes, etc.

There are also social media accounts with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter that focus specifically on campus sustainability. These platforms are regularly monitored and updated with fresh content. Content includes staff/student/faculty spotlights, upcoming events, sustainable living tips, local/regional/national/global news related to sustainability, programs, projects, and success stories related to sustainability on campus.

@usdsustain on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
The Student Life Pavilion, a LEED-NC Gold certified building, has signage that communicates its sustainability features to the campus community. There is also signage in the dining hall regarding the biohitech digester and reusable to go container program.

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Individuals who schedule their visit through Undergraduate Admissions are given a tour by an undergraduate student of the campus. The tour includes highlights of the sustainability features of the campus, including the solar panels, recycling, and grounds keeping practices.

Additionally, there is a Sustainability Tour feature on the campus map site, which provides a suggested walking tour to see some of the campus' sustainability features.

https://www.sandiego.edu/maps/ -> Tours -> Sustainability Tour

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

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
The Cultivate Living Learning Communities (LLC) at USD provide resident students the opportunity to be inspired by sustainability initiatives on campus, develop a passion for sustainability as part of a community, and develop into more socially mindful and responsible citizens. The Community Director (CD), Resident Advisors, and Scholastic Assistants for this LLC provide information to their residents about living sustainability. The CDs for all of the LLCs on campus also digitally provide green move-in tips prior to students arriving on campus.

Additionally, the Office of Sustainability has a "Res Life Sustainability Guide" that is distributed to students and is also available for all to view on the Office's Resources web page.



A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
The Office of Sustainability has created other guides that are accessible on the Office's Resources web page, including a Zero Waste Event Guide and a Sustainability Committee Creation Guide. This page also links students to tips on "Living Laudato Si", the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and external guides on green living and green careers.


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