Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW 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 UW Sustainability website promotes sustainability by engaging and connecting members of the UW community. It serves as a centralized place for UW sustainability efforts, resources, and information.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

UW Sustainability sends quarterly newsletters with updates of sustainability projects, programs, and events occurring on campus.


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 UW Sustainability office maintains several social media platforms focusing on campus sustainability. These channels highlight sustainability activities on campus, promote sustainability efforts, provide information on sustainable choices and activities and more while engaging and connecting members of the University of Washington community.

These social media channels include:

The "In Our Nature" blog (http://green.uw.edu/blog) containing stories about sustainability at the University of Washington.

A Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UWSustainability) that shares news and events regarding sustainability around campus, including activities such as green certifications and sustainability research by students and faculty.

A Twitter account (https://twitter.com/sustainableUW) that highlights sustainability activities and groups involved with sustainability at the University of Washington, as well as sharing tweets and stories from other accounts relating to UW sustainability.

An Instagram account (http://instagram.com/sustainableuw) to share photos and short video clips highlighting sustainability events, efforts and locations around campus.

A YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/sustainableUW) which shares videos and compiles playlists regarding sustainability at UW.


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:

"The Daily," the main student newspaper at the University of Washington, does not currently have a specific reporter assigned to sustainability, but they cover sustainability issues regularly without a specific reporter assigned.


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:

The Environmental Studies capstone program publishes capstone reports by students: https://envstudies.uw.edu/undergraduate-students/course-planning/course-requirements/capstone/capstone-projects/

Additionally, the College of the Environment maintains a news page (http://environment.uw.edu/news/) which includes stories on the work of the College of the Environment.


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 :

UW Sustainability, in a partnership with Seattle City Light, created a series of infographic posters in many campus buildings highlighting sustainability building features and showing how the buildings consume resources. The infographics are also collected online at http://green.uw.edu/posters/buildings

Many residence halls include a public digital dashboard display showing real-time information on building resource consumption, as well a providing that information to the public via a webpage: http://buildingdashboard.net/washington/#/washington/


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:

Housing and Food Services maintains a website discussing the sustainable dining options available to UW students and gives examples of local, organic and natural foods served: https://hfs.uw.edu/Eat/About-Your-Food

Additional signage is placed in dining halls providing information on locally sourced foods, organic foods and more. Digital reader boards highlight menu options which are healthy and sustainable, as well as graphics demonstrating where some of our food comes from. The UW is also participating in the "Menus of Change" initiative, highlighting healthy and sustainable food, and posters with information on sustainable choices are posted in some dining halls.


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:

UW Grounds posts signage on trees on the Seattle campus which have been preserved to maintain wildlife habitat. UW Bothell promotes a pesticide-free campus.


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:

UW Sustainability has produced a sustainability walking tour of campus, available as a printed map or online at http://green.uw.edu/walkingtour


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:

The Transportation Services' Commute Options site offers tools to create personalized commuting plans and information including concierge service through UW's commute help desk. In addition, the Transportation Services site includes links to resources and information on the U-PASS program, walking, biking, carpool/vanpool, transit, carsharing and telework options.

UW Sustainability has created a commuter calculator, an interactive tool showing the impacts of various commuting options: https://green.uw.edu/commuter-calculator


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:

UW Commuter Services Bikespace offers many resources for campus bicyclists.


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:

The UW Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) provides information and resources on how to be more sustainable in residence halls. Working with Housing & Food Services (HFS), they produce guides and cheat sheets on things like sourcing sustainable items for dorm rooms and moving out. Multiple items are available for download on the SEED website.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The UW Sustainability Dashboard is a one-stop shop for information on metrics the University currently gathers in a variety of offices and entities around the Seattle campus in regards to sustainability.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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