Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.75
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Kelly Cain
Director
SCISCD
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter No
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability No
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 No
A sustainability walking map or tour No
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
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 Yes
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A brief description of the central sustainability website:

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.

As of Fall 2013, the Office of Sustainability also has a new website. The biographies of interns/fellows and staff members involved with Sustainability is listed here.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:
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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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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

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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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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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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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 Rader and Matthew Renault have been made to create a sustainability overlay on our new campus map. There has more progression with this project Fall of 2013; but a final product has not been completed.


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

The Sustainability Coordinator conducted classroom presentations to educate students how to use the CarShare program. The SCISCD website and table tents were used in the University center to further share with commuters of campus car-sharing.
An online guide to CarShare by Enterprise is available via the UWRF website.


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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Dr. Charles Rader of the geography department regularly creates maps with GIS for navigation of the WeBike River Falls community bike rides.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

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


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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 junior majoring in Conservation currently writes the bi-weekly sustainability column in the Student Voice. Molly writes articles aligning 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. Recent stories have ranged from bicycle commuting safety and maintenance to student-led environmental and social justice service trips over spring break. (Fall 2012 to current Spring 2014).


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