Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date April 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Texas at Austin
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability No
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems No
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed No
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above No

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The Sustainability Portal is the University of Texas at Austin’s central sustainability website. It provides information about sustainability initiatives, campus partners, the President’s Sustainability Steering Committee, green buildings, sustainability in academics, and campus sustainability events.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability newsletter is shared every other month (6x a year) and highlights various eco-initiatives on campus. Each newsletter is organized around a theme (e.g. December 2013 featured Energy) and contains a guest column and an #AskJim column in which (Jim Walker, the Director of Sustainability answers a student’s sustainability-related question). Additionally, the newsletter recaps past events and promotes future events.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability has their own Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest accounts and the Campus Environmental Center has their own Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and WordPress accounts.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The University of Texas at Austin has a variety of outlets in which students can publish and disseminate their sustainability research. The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts an annual Research Week including the Longhorn Research Bazaar which highlights undergraduate research and creative activity. Further, there are a variety of Undergraduate research journals at the University of Texas at Austin. Each journal is run by an all-student staff and publishes a variety of student work.


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

The AT&T Education and Conference Center, accredited as LEED-NB Gold, has internal signage pointing out building features. The new Norman Hackerman Building and Student Activity Center, which will be accredited LEED Silver (NB) at minimum, will also have internal signage. Both will be open in 2010. The School of Architecture has installed a Thermal Lab (http://soa.utexas.edu/csd/research/experimental-research) which has extensive educational material/signage available.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The Division of Housing and Food Service has developed and employed a verity of materials regarding sustainable food systems. These materials include, but are not limited to- infographics pertaining to “Local, Pasture-Raised, Organic, Shell Eggs”, “Local Grass Feed Beef”, “Local Citrus”, “Farm to Table”, “Supporting Local Farming”, “Food Waste”, “Vegetarian and Vegan Diets”, and others. These materials are implemented through various types of printed and digital displays.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Sustainability Guide, produced by the Campus Environmental Center, features a campus map with green features on campus. These features are labeled and also provide information about the feature. In addition, all LEED certified buildings on campus are labeled.


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

The University has an alternative transportation program, Green on the Go, which seeks to reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles by staff, faculty, students, and visitors. The website provides information on using the following: campus shuttles, Capital Metro Mass Transit, E-bus a late night service, long distance buses, late night rides home from the library, Zipcar, carpools, vanpools, biking, walking, and event transportation.


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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Parking and Transportation Services’ biking website provides information including: maps of bike routes throughout town, maps of bike pumps, maps of bike rack, information about online traffic skills classes, and bike rules and regulations. In addition, Parking and Transportation Services operates the Kickstand, which is a one-stop shop for campus biking needs including, bike registration, buying bike gear, lock rentals, an air pump station, and free maps and brochures. Parking and Transportation Services also operates Orange Bike Project which is UT’s community bike shop where students can volunteer, learn, and work on their own bikes. They also have a bike rental service for daily and semester bike rentals that operates out of the Orange Bike Project.


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

The Sustainability Guide features a variety of tools for incorporating sustainability into the student experience. The guide addresses the following categories: food, transportation, energy and water, recycling and waste, campus hot spots, Austin activities, get involved on campus, and resources. Each category has the following sections: Sustainability and You which highlights simple steps students can take, Sustainability On Campus, and Sustainability Off Campus.


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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:
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
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