Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Renee Johnson
Marketing Specialist
Enrollment and Student Success Office
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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 No
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 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
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The sustainability website is the central location for information in regards to campus sustainability and initiatives. Through that website, information can be found on news and events, campus initiatives and performance indicators, green careers and Entrepreneurship, the Surplus Property Program, Sustainability Curriculum, and the Sustainability Working Group.


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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:

In 2015, the Office of Sustainability created a UW-River Falls Sustainability Facebook page. The page is used to share information on campus sustainability events and initiatives. There are regular posts to the page covering the surplus program, recycling information, and the RecycleMania competition. Additionally, there are posts focusing on student research projects, faculty, staff, and student participation in sustainability events, and information regarding our community partner which is the City of River Falls.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) office on campus helps students publish and disseminate their research. Opportunities for dissemination of research include the UW-System Symposium, the UWRF URSCA Day, the national Conference on Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill, and Posters in the Rotunda.


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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:

THE UWRF Food service provider changed from Sodexo to Chartwells in May 2015.

Information from Sodexo: 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. Prior to the contract transition, Sodexo had 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.

Information from Chartwells:
The UWRF Dining Services website has a link to Chartwells website. Signage is also in Riverside Commons on the Falcon Foods Ice Cream.

Information relevant to the entire year:
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:

We do not currently have a sustainability walking map or tour.


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

The Sustainability Coordinator provide information and materials to professors regarding the CarShare program. Staff also had tables at New student and transfer student registration to promote the program. 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 creates maps with GIS for navigation of the WeBike River Falls community bike rides.

For add'l info: http://www.uwrf.edu/GEOG/News.cfm


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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 wrote the bi-weekly sustainability column in the Student Voice (Spring Semester 2015). Molly wrote articles aligning with activities happening with the Office of Sustainability, Student Organizations such as SALSA (Student Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture), as well as other campus wide events. Stories have ranged from bicycle commuting safety and maintenance to student-led environmental and social justice service trips over spring break.

For the Fall 2015 semester, the Student Voice staff wrote regular articles on sustainability on campus. The Student Senate identified sustainability as a core focus for the 2015-2016 academic year. Articles in the Student Voice newspaper during the Fall 2015 semester have covered information on the River Falls Community Solar project, the Committee for Advancing Sustainability Efforts, articles on student organizations, and letters to the editor regarding divestment.


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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The Office of Sustainability utilizes the campus daily newsletter (Falcon Daily) to share information on sustainability events and initiatives.

The Office of Sustainability also utilizes Axis-TVs in the University Center and Residence Halls. Slides promoting campus initiatives including recycling, RecycleMania, battery collections, the surplus program, and events are constantly running on the system.


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The Office of Sustainability also utilizes Axis-TVs in the University Center and Residence Halls. Slides promoting campus initiatives including recycling, RecycleMania, battery collections, the surplus program, and events are constantly running on the system.


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