Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
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 Office of Sustainability’s mission is to engage the UT Dallas community as a catalyst and champion for environmental stewardship and social responsibility while fostering a culture of sustainability that permeates all aspects of the campus experience. We believe that sustainability is a collaborative, interdisciplinary field to which all members of the UT Dallas community contribute. The Office of Sustainability collaborates with stakeholders across the university to facilitate the integration of sustainability principles and practices into operations, academics, research, student engagement, and administration. We strive to exemplify sustainability leadership as we contribute to the education of the next generation of leaders.

The central sustainability website features information on recycling, food waste and composting, energy, water conservation, habitats on campus, green building programs, Eco Reps, operations, green office certificates, global citizen graduation honors, sustainable labs, Earth Week, and the Sustainability Committee.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability is excited to provide a newsletter with information about sustainability on-campus, current projects, and events & activities.


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:

The UT Dallas Office of Sustainability currently operates a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account.

Facebook - @utdallasfacilitiesmanagementandsustainability
Twitter - @utdrecycling
Instagram - @utdfacilities


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?:
Yes

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

Intercom is the official University-wide newsletter for UT Dallas faculty and staff members. This periodic publication is designed to provide University employees with important information necessary for the workplace, as well as community news that supports the University’s mission. There is no “opt-out” provision for this communication for employees of the University.

The Mercury publishes news, opinion and feature articles of interest and importance to the UT Dallas campus and community, with primary emphasis on news that most directly and immediately concerns students.
https://utdmercury.com/

News Center is the official news source of The University of Texas at Dallas. News stories, event listings and announcements appear twice a week throughout the year.
Content is selected for relevance to the University's strategic goals and organized into categories, including: research, campus, students, alumni, faculty, staff and giving.
https://www.utdallas.edu/news/about/


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

UT Dallas has multiple outlets for disseminating information on student research. The Renewable Energy and Vehicular Technology Lab showcases current and past research on their website, including publications.

http://www.utdallas.edu/research/REVT/index.html

The campus News Center publishes and disseminates student research.
https://www.utdallas.edu/news/research/


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 :

The Student Services Buildings, which is LEED Platinum, showcases the official U.S. Green Building Council signage within the building. Handout pages that highlight green building features are provided during LEED tours.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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:

Educational signage is prominently posted throughout UTD's dining hall, which has a 3 star Green Restaurant certification. Topics include, local food, carbon footprint, sustainable harvest, and more.


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:

Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability work across campus to improve the livability of our landscapes. As part of UTD's Tree Campus USA certification, we have placed ID tags on every tree on campus and we have a publicly viewable tree map on the Office of Sustainability website. This allows our community to see attributes to our 7,000-plus trees.

Wildflower planting signs are placed to label those areas throughout campus and pollinator plant signs are beind developed to complement UTD's Bee Campus USA certification.

Tree Map viewable at https://www.utdallas.edu/sustainability/


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 sustainability walking map and tour highlights various green programs while offering insight into campus driving routes, building identification and quick facts.


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:

UT Dallas offers students, staff, and faculty many opportunities to learn about alternative methods of transportation to and from the main campus. From the bus systems to offering car-sharing programs, the guide is accessible online and in-person.

http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2012/9/10-19531_New-Transportation-Options-Make-it-Easier-to-Get-A_article-wide.html

http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2013/4/22-23291_New-GPS-System-Helps-Riders-Track-Bus-Locations-Fr_article-wide.html?WT.mc_id=NewsHomePage


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:

Campus information signage is placed in high pedestrian and bicycle traffic areas.

http://www.utdallas.edu/services/transit/skate/


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:

Within the UT Dallas housing experience, the resident handbook, posters, and stickers are available to incorporate sustainability into the residential experience by conserving, disposing, composting, and recycling used materials correctly. All students and staff also receive information regarding sustainability at orientation.


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?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Attach are articles related to Sustainability from The Mercury.

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