Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Erin Akins
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Matt Wolsfeld
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Office of 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 U of S sustainability website includes pages on "About Us", "Programs and Events", "Get Involved", "Being Sustainable", "Footprint", "Study, Research, and Development", and "News". The website is also where you will find University of Saskatchewan sustainability publications on projects, reports and plans, as well as on topics such as energy, climate, water, culture, economics, lifestyles, technology.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Work Green Champions receive monthly tips, resources, and activities related to a sustainability topic of the month. Sustainability events, new articles and tips are shared online.

Student groups and Green Pack volunteers receive an on-line newsletter which extends information on initiatives, events, and volunteer opportunities to the student population.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

Our Facebook (@sustainus.usask) and Instagram (@officeofsustainability) are social networking platforms that make it easy for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the University community to connect and share information on campus sustainability events and achievements.


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?:
No

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

n/a


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

Our Sustainability Living Lab uses the campus and the community as a laboratory for teaching and research to explore all the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, societal and economic) as well as to develop actionable solutions to make the campus and the community more sustainable. Projects are posted on the sustainability website and are presented to the campus community through the Our Common Future Student Project Symposium (https://sustainability.usask.ca/study-research-and-development/our-common-future.php).


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?:
Yes

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

A standard sign draws attention to the features through the use of a consistent visual identity and a brief (one or two sentences) description. The categories of signage are based on LEED categories. This initiative started with the construction of our first LEED building, the College of Law Addition. The signage that was developed for that project is now incrementally being expanded to other sustainable operational initiatives throughout campus.

Most recently, the campus has installed a large sign outside of the John Mitchell Building Solar Array to highlight that it was a student sustainability project that provides experiential learning opportunities while providing renewable energy for the university.


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:

Marquis Hall, our main cafeteria, uses signage to identify locally grown and other sustainable food and menu items. This information is also included on plasma screens. The catering menu also identifies local and sustainable items. As the website is updated, more of this information will also be included there.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

The USask Grounds department has recently installed signage at its edible gardens, which are planted in various places around campus where manicured lawn can be reclaimed following landscaping or building work and turned into naturalized edible landscapes. The signage tells visitors what species they can find there, why they were planted, and which species are varietals developed at the USask College of Agriculture and Bioresources.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Campus Sustainability Tour allows students, staff, faculty and University community members to view campus sustainability initiatives and projects (Prairie Habitat Gardens, Green Buildings, Recycling Centre, etc.) either by foot or bike. The tour can be done all at once or a few locations at a time. A map of all the locations of our sustainability features and initiatives is provided on our website. A guided version of the walking tour is also available for booking through the Office of Sustainability.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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:

The Parking and Transportation Services website contains an on-line guide that includes information on the U of S car share, carpooling, secure bicycle parking options and the employee Ecopass. The University of Saskatchewan Students Union and the Graduate Students Association websites contain information on the UPASS; http://www.gsa.usask.ca/services/U-Pass/upass-faqs.php

The U of S Students website also prominently features information on sustainable transportation: https://students.usask.ca/essentials/transportation.php


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:

The Office of Sustainability hosts a page on its own website that offers information to cyclists and active transportation users.

The Office also works closely with Parking and Transportation Services and Protective Services to offer cycling information around campus and to provide a safe and secure atmosphere for cyclists. A bike services map, bicycle safety tips and rules and bylaws related to bicycles are provided in hard copies and can be found on U of S website:
http://www.usask.ca/protectiveservices/safety/bicycle-safety.php
http://www.usask.ca/parking/bylaws_policies/parking-bylaws.php
http://www.usask.ca/maps/map-nav/campus_maps/uofsmap4c.pdf


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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:

The U of S Sustainability in Residence guide is designed to help students live more sustainably in residence and on campus. It includes information, actions and resources to help make sustainable choices an easy part of everyday life.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Dany Bleeds Green Videos provide humorous information on how to make small sustainable changes in our daily lives at school, work, and home and in our communities. They are available on our website and are disseminated through other means (plasma screens, movie screenings, facebook) as appropriate.

The Office of Sustainability's Work Green program extends sustainability information and resources to workplaces around campus through the designation of Workplace Champions.
http://sustainability.usask.ca/get-involved/work-green.php

Our web page offers several other guides on sustainable living, including those aimed at students, employees, residents, or just general community tips.
https://sustainability.usask.ca/being-sustainable/defining-sustainability.php
https://sustainability.usask.ca/being-sustainable/being-a-sustainable-student.php
https://sustainability.usask.ca/being-sustainable/being-a-sustainable-employee.php
https://sustainability.usask.ca/being-sustainable/sustainability-in-residence-guide.php
https://sustainability.usask.ca/being-sustainable/sustainable-purchasing.php


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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