Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date May 29, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Virginia
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Nina Morris
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Energy & Utilities
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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 Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
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 ---
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The sustainability website is a portal intended to assist the University community and others to visualize how U.Va. demonstrates its leadership in sustainability. The website covers all aspects of sustainability, from academics and research, LEED buildings, green cleaning, recycling as well as up to date news and events. It is managed by the Office for Sustainability.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The SustainaNewsletter is a weekly e-newsletter that covers upcoming events, highlights sustainability starts, shares sustainability green tips and links to in-depth articles, case studies and guest posts on the U.Va. sustainability blog.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

U.Va. Sustainability has active Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo pages. We have high social media engagement, especially in the Recyclemania 3R Challenge as we have placed first in the Stage 1 of the competition. We've also placed first the IDEA District Energy Student Video competition and have s


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Global Sustainability course is an interdisciplinary project-based course that forms the foundation of the University's Global Sustainability Minor. Students, working in teams, research and develop project proposals to advance sustainability. Past course projects are documented on the Global Sustainability course webpage.

The Student Sustainability Project Competition is an annual poster competition that showcases student-led sustainability projects and research. The competition, first offered in 2009 and held annually during earth week, offers the opportunity to showcase student work and connect students from across Grounds on topics of shared interest. Student posters are available at:
http://www.virginia.edu/architectoffice/susEvents.html


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Energy kiosks are available for Rice Hall, Data Center
energytracker.fm.virginia.edu


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

All dining halls have signage regarding compost diversion numbers, sustainability campaigns such as Recyclemania, and many locations have sustainable food labels that show if the food is local, organic, non-GMO. Dining is also working with nitrogen and water footprint researchers to develop food labels that let consumers know the nitrogen and water impacts of their food choices.


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

During the Spring of 2014, the Stormwater Task Force created several ads to spread awareness of the consequences of littering and provide helpful painting tips for the popular Beta Bridge. These ads were placed on UVA’s UTS buses during the month of April. Sustainability signage is available at the U.Va. Dell Pond to explain the environmental best practices to properly manage water in the Meadow Creek Watershed.
https://stormwatertaskforce.wordpress.com/


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The UVa green guide is a map-based online tour of U.Va.'s sustainability initiatives. The Guide is a comprehensive portal to University sustainability initiatives, which are searchable in a variety of categories including food, student activities, energy, transportation, recycling and more. The Green Guide was created by the Office of the Architect as a way to increase awareness about the current and ongoing sustainability initiatives.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

The UVA Department of Parking and Transportation offers a web guide to the full suite of Transportation Demand Management programs offered by UVA. The website organizes TDM programs into three categories: Be Active - Bicycling and Walking Programs, Be Driven - Public Transportation Programs, and Be Involved - Ride Sharing programs. U.Va. launched the largest higher education bike share system, 120 bikes, for students, employees and community members to utilize as alternative transportation.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Bike Riding Resources include route/trail maps, how to register bikes with the U.Va Police Department, U.Va's Bike Policy, and the various community resources and clubs that are available.
For pedestrians, the website offers links to community resources and a map U.Va Lighted Pathways to ensure safety.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The guide covers recycling, water, energy and waste reduction tips as well as tips for having a green move in and website addresses for how to get involved with sustainability.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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:

UVA's student newspaper, the Cavalier Daily, frequently covers sustainability topics but does not have a column or reporter assigned to the sustainability beat.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The SustainaNewsletter is a weekly e-newsletter with over 1,100 subscribers to share information on green events, news and research.


The website URL for this material (1st material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

"UVa Today" is a daily e-newspaper produced by the University of Virginia and distributed to faculty, staff, and students via the UVA website and a daily email. UVA writer Matt Kelly is assigned to cover the sustainability beat and reports regularly on sustainability topics at UVA. Articles are marked with the "Environmental/Sustainability" tag which helps readers quickly find articles pertaining to UVA's activities.


The website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

The 2011 UVA Sustainability Assessment, which follows the original 2006 UVA Sustainability Assessment, provides a comprehensive inventory of the University's progress towards sustainability in the last five years. The Assessment is organized into three broad categories: Governance & Culture, Academics & Learning, and Management Centers, which are further divided into seven focus areas: Land Use, Built Environment, Transportation, Dining, Energy & Carbon, Water, and Waste & Recycling.


The website URL for this material (3rd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th material):

UVa Sustainability From the Grounds Up Blog-highlights events, campaigns, best practices, green buildings, sustainability leaders and research around sustainability at U.Va.


The website URL for this material (4th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (5th material):

Green Grounds is a student group that aims to advance sustainability at U.Va. The blog is written by students about various sustainability-related topics.


The website URL for this material (5th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (6th material):

UVa Community Garden's blog


The website URL for this material (6th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (7th material):

UVa Sustainability's Monthly Green Tips are shared through social media, email lists, and sustainability groups such as Sustainability Partners. The monthly tip ties into a larger outreach campaign and aims to help students and employees adopt sustainable practices.


The website URL for this material (7th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (8th material):

UVa Track Our Progress Report


The website URL for this material (8th material):

UVa Leaders in Sustainability Brochure
Recyclemania Infographics

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