Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.66
Liaison Howard Ways
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2012
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.1

University of the District of Columbia
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Joshua Lasky
Sustainability Manager
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

UDC has a central website for all of its sustainability information on campus, which disseminates information to the students, staff, and community. All major documents are posted here, as well as news updates, resources, and contact information for the Director of Planning and Sustainability and Sustainability Manager at UDC. There is also information about which academic offerings at the University address sustainability-related topics.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Beginning in August 2010, UDC has started developing and sending out bi-monthly sustainability newsletters to University stakeholders. The newsletters cover the latest initiatives, programs, events, and information related to sustainability at UDC.


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Does the institution have 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:

UDC's Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) regularly publishes student research to its website. WRRI also placed a touch-screen monitor outside the Van Ness Campus environmental quality lab at which students, faculty, and staff can access student presentations and projects in digital form. WRRI also produces a seasonal newsletter titled "Water Highlights" which covers recent research projects completed by faculty and staff at UDC.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
No

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

UDC has developed a campus sustainability map that highlights the locations of sustainable features of the campus. The map provides information about current projects as well as future projects. Topics covered on the map include resource efficiency, transportation, and research projects. UDC recently participated in the annual Cultural Tourism DC Walking Town DC event on October 1, 2011. The tour explored new sustainability measures adopted by UDC, which included some of the physical improvements to the Van Ness campus, and also covered operational and academic advancements in sustainability on the campus.
Information on the Walking Town DC tours can be found here: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/node/8928


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

UDC's campus sustainability map includes the location of bus routes, bike racks, Zipcars, Metro stations, and Capital Bikeshare stations that serve the Van Ness Campus. These items were intentionally included within the map to provide guidance to students, faculty, staff, and visitors regarding transportation options for getting to and from UDC. In addition, UDC employees enjoy a pre-tax benefit for commuting via Metro. UDC's Division of Human Resources provides a guide to participating in the commuter benefits program, which is available at http://dcop.dc.gov/dcop/frames.asp?doc=/dcop/lib/dcop/services/employee_bene/pdf/adp_commuter_participant_ocb_guide.pdf.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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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

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The UDC Sustainability Initiative produced educational recycling posters which have been posted in proximity to all 150 trash and recycling multi-ports located throughout the Van Ness Campus. The posters contain a list of all materials that can be recycled as well as those that are not recyclable. The poster also contains contact information for the UDC Sustainability Initiative, including its Facebook page and Twitter feed.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

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The UDC Sustainability Initiative developed a social media strategy to engage online audiences via Facebook and Twitter. Frequent updates are provided to both accounts, including photos, videos, information about events, and links to outside content. The UDC Sustainability Initiative can be found at www.facebook.com/greenUDC as well as www.twitter.com/greenUDC.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

In partnership with DC Water, the UDC Sustainability Initiative developed an outreach campaign to promote the healthy, sustainable consumption of filtered DC tap water. A series of six different signs have been posted at all Brita hydration station locations on the Van Ness Campus. The signs include interesting facts that compare bottled water and tap water.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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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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