Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.09
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date April 15, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Ian Johnson
Research Fellow
SCISCD
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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:

The St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development (SCISCD) at UWRF attempts to house and
track all information regarding sustainability efforts and progress on its website.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

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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:

The St. Croix Institute for Sustainability (SCISCD) website publishes and distributes information about student sustainability research, publishes information about SCISCD Fellows and their research, and publishes research posters that are presented at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Day that pertain to sustainability.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

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The sustainability kiosk in the University Center has signage highlighting the green building features of the building; Educational Posters in the University Centers bathrooms highlight the waterless urinals, recycled rainwater collection, and the high-velocity hand dryer technology; Bathrooms across campus display plaques highlighting green cleaning products used in cleaning.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

On the UWRF Website under the sodexo section there is a list of resources regarding sustainable food systems. There is also a section titled "Local Food" that informs us that the ice cream, some brats and cheeses all come from Falcon Foods on campus. Sodexo just hired a marketing manager, Amy Aschenbrener, who conveyed that Sodexo has a program called "A Better Tomorrow" which focuses on local foods and reducing energy. On the screens in the dining area there are images and quotes from the "A Better Tomorrow" program. On the napkin holders in the dining area there is also information about how Sodexo does source local food. The ice cream area does have a sign saying that the ice cream is made on campus through Falcon foods.
We primarily use point of sale signage and TV screen messaging in Riverside Commons to communicate information about such things as specific food items grown locally (like Falcon Foods products, lettuce from Future Farms, etc.), and general information about how to eat lower on food chain, promoting trayless dining, etc. We have also done food displays trying to steer students toward healthier and less processed food. We feature special menus for Global Wasteless Day and had a sign up table where students could make a personal commitment.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

As of Spring 2013, we do not have as sustainability walking map or tour; however, with the completion of STARS this spring, we will have a document including sustainability highlights from a dozen buildings on campus. Communications with Charlie Radar and Matthew Renault have been made to create a sustainability overlay on our new campus map.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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Residence life has created a Pinterest page with Green living tips for residence hall students to use and pin to.


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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)?:
Yes

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:

Molly Breitmun, a sophomore majoring in Conservation is currently writes the bi-weekly sustainability column in the Student Voice. Molly writes articles alligning with activities happening with the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, Student Organizations such as SALSA (Student Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture), as well as other campus wide events and personal stories. (Current Spring 2013)


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