Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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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 Yes
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 No
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A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The Villanova sustainability website was updated in the fall of 2013 to better provide accurate, easy to find information for both the campus community and those outside the University. The new homepage has rotating information that is updated regularly. The rest of the site is split into four main areas: About Us, Academics and Research, Campus, and Get Involved. This organization allows us to include more information than before, and makes it easier for people to find what they are looking for.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Villanova has a monthly newsletter that is posted on our website, sent out in the campus wide daily email, and people can sign up to have the newsletter sent to them directly. The newsletter includes new sustainability initiatives on campus, events, opportunities such as internships or conferences, and anything in the news about Villanova's sustainability efforts.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Facebook page "Sustainability at Villanova" was created to help better advertise events, as well as provide timely information on sustainability initiatives on campus and around the world. Currently we have 250 likes after 4 months of activity.


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

We do not have a formal outlet for disseminating student research on sustainability, but do share this information through existing communication vehicles. Information about student research on sustainability has been publicized in the student newspaper, the Villanovian, and on the sustainability website (see link below). Also, during our annual Earth Day celebration students have the opportunity to share their class sustainability projects though a poster session. Though none of these methods of communication are "official" they have worked well in getting the word out without overwhelming students with more emails.


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

A few of our LEED buildings have a touch screen in the main entrance area with information on the building's green features, currently three of our 5 LEED buildings have such a tool. The screens contain sustainable design information as well as energy data.


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

Apart from Dining Services extensive web based information on their sustainability efforts, they also clearly label all sustainable food items on the menu every day, including vegan and vegetarian. There is also information on composing, Meatless Mondays, and fair trade. In addition to labeling at each food station, there are also TV monitors in the dining halls with rotating information on sustainable dining initiatives


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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

Though we do employ an integrated pest management program we do not advertise it to the campus community.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

This is something we hope to accomplish within the next year. The app will include a sustainable design features, green infrastructure, bike racks, and more. We are also looking to add a sustainability element into the prospective student tour.


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

Linked from the sustainability website, Public Safety has a page dedicated to transportation options for students, (and is also applicable to staff and faculty). The page includes information on how to use the public transit system in the area, SEPTA. There is another page dedicated to the University provided campus Shuttle that runs on and off campus.


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

The new sustainability website has a whole page dedicated to sustainable living, directed towards students. The site includes general information on how to live sustainability in the dorms including energy efficiency, recycling and ways to get involved on campus.


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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:

We do not have regular coverage of sustainability in the student newspaper, The Villanovian, but they do feature sustainability focused articles when appropriate. This past year the following articles were written regarding sustainability: "Fedigan Hall gets Sustainable LEED Certification", University Signs Pledge for Sustainability", "Biology Student Informs Community of Environmental issues", "Villanova Community Gardens to Screen 'Bananas!'", "Campus Sustainability Day", Villanova's Commitment to Sustainability"


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