|Submission Date||March 2, 2020|
University of Texas at Austin
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications
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Communications and Events Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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:
The Bleed Orange, Live Green newsletter is sent to over 2,000 recipients between 10 and 12 times a year. News stories are comprehensive, bringing together disparate units and individuals with a goal to highlight all sustainability work among students, staff and faculty. Events are promoted. All social media platforms reinforce our news stories and also include new content, ecpecially photos of campus as a place of outdoor beauty and relaxation/wellness. In addition, all of our social media platforms have more than doubled in engagement in the 2018-19 year.
Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:
A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
UT's 17+ LEED-certified buildings have either internal or external signage that point our building features or accreditation. The School of Architecture has installed a Thermal Lab (http://soa.utexas.edu/csd/research/experimental-research) which has extensive educational material/signage available. Many Green Fund-funded projects (native landscaping, pervious pavement, etc) have signage that highlights features. Finally, the Campus Environmental Center's new Blackland prairie (the Half Pint Prairie Project) has signage about monarch waystations, wildlife habitats, and additional sustainable efforts on campus.
Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
The 50 minute, 2 mile, self-guided tour takes an urban hiker through the center of campus, introducing them to sustainability initiatives from faculty, students and staff, insight into equity initiatives, information about natural spaces, and basically touches on the work of all on campus. Available online (greentour.utexas.edu) or in print
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 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.
A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
We have created art-based materials for all staff and faculty to print and display so that they have sustainability-related contacts at their fingertips: https://sustainability.utexas.edu/printable-materials In addition, other units like Resource Recovery have created green events guides and printable posters to encourage zero waste (https://utexas.app.box.com/s/fh6jbdonwb60ftukglzlxkotdrhea57a and https://utexas.app.box.com/s/y8mwlglsatte8dd4jc5axqq51yi4pygy).
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