Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Madison
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
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 website for the Office of Sustainability also acts as the central location for information on sustainability in and around campus.


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 produces a monthly newsletter that is distributed via email to those who have signed-up to receive it. The newsletter contains material developed by staff and Office of Sustainability interns, updates on campus sustainability projects and research, as well as links to local and regional sustainability-related content.


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 Office of Sustainability maintains and updates Instagram (sustainuw), Twitter (@SustainUW), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SustainUW/), and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ZPHEAh8fzTLms61xKEErA) accounts.


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?:
No

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

While there is not consistent coverage of sustainability in either campus student newspaper the topic is covered frequently. For example:
- Badger Herald: https://badgerherald.com/?s=sustainability
- Daily Cardinal: https://www.dailycardinal.com/search?a=1&s=&ti=&ts_month=0&ts_day=0&ts_year=0&te_month=0&te_day=0&te_year=0&au=&tg=sustainability&ty=0


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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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 Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology (JUST) at UW-Madison is a bi-annual research journal written and administered by undergraduates with the help of faculty, staff, and graduate advisers. The journal encompasses all areas of research in science and technology including Sustainability (for example, see the first two articles in the Fall 2018 edition: https://justjournal.org/issues/volume-iii-issue-ii-spring-2018-2/)

In addition, the monthly Sustainability Newsletter includes updates on student and faculty research on sustainability (for example, see story on graduate student research presentations on UW's living model for sustainability in this newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/sustainability.wisc.edu/september-18-2018)


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?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

While there are plaques for LEED certified buildings, there is no consistent approach to signage on green building features.


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

Signs appear in dining locations and advertise "Wild Planet 100% sustainably caught tuna", local farms and companies whose products are featured in the dining halls, and a blended burger made with mushrooms to reduce red meat consumption in a typical dining item.

Example signs are included in the attachment to this credit.


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?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

UW-Madison produce a variety of tours / place markers that address components of campus sustainability, including:

- The Lakeshore Nature Preserve has a series of place markers with a phone number you can call to hear stories about that place. You can also listen to these audio files on their website. (https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/preserve-audio-trail-class-of-1918-marsh-audio-field-trip/)
- Periodically Aaron Bird Bear and Omar Poler offer a UW-Madison First National Cultural Landscape Tours. (https://www.education.wisc.edu/soe/news-events/events/2018/09/21/default-calendar/the-uw-madison-first-nations-cultural-landscape-tour)
- UW-Madison set up a series of plaques to honor places of particular historic, cultural, or archeological importance, arising from the Cultural Landscapes Project. (https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/uw/uwmadison/uwculturalland/)
- The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences set up a series of historic markers to celebrate advances in agriculture and life science made by people associated with UW-Madison. (https://news.cals.wisc.edu/2001/04/12/historical-markers-highlight-accomplishments-at-uw-madison-ag-college/)


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:

UW-Madison's Transportation Services team maintains a large collection of materials on alternative modes of transportation. In order to assist students and employees in making transportation decisions they offer custom route planning services where individuals can reach-out to Transportation Services to discuss the commuting options related to their specific commuting needs.


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:
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:

University Housing maintains green living tips and guides available for residents as well as posted in university housing buildings.

An example guide is included in the attachment to this credit.


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:

Edge Effects is a digital magazine produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), which is part of UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. It was founded in 2014.

Edge Effects offers a wide array of content relating to environmental and cultural change across the full sweep of human history. They seek to invite and cultivate a broad readership and authorship that spans a range of political and cultural perspectives. They aim to address the historical and contemporary marginalization and silencing of voices in academic disciplines and the academy more broadly. Their name—about which you can read more in a piece by Bill Cronon—invokes their commitment to publishing across boundaries, at the intersections of the sciences with the humanities, of academe with the public, of narrated pasts with imagined futures.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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