Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date March 4, 2020

STARS v2.2

Warren Wilson College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Margo Flood
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Conservation Exchange is the outreach arm of the College's new Land Innovation Program. It provides the region with a regular newsletter of land-oriented events, catalyzes dialogue about best practices, invites participation from the community in community-related campus issues, and shares sustainable practices and innovative research going on at Warren Wilson College. See https://www.warren-wilson.edu/about/land-innovation/ for past issues of the Conservation Exchange, videos and related social media platforms.

Auspex is an interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate research created annually to showcase student work. Many of the papers in Auspex are focused on sustainability topics because that is the theme of so many capstone projects. See https://issuu.com/warrenwilsoncollege/docs/auspex_vi

Warren Wilson College's Farm, Garden and Forestry crew all have media platforms where they post sustainable practices and events.
https://www.facebook.com/WWC-Forestry-Crew-153224328170096/; https://www.facebook.com/pg/warrenwilsoncollegefarm/posts/; https://www.facebook.com/WWCgarden

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Warren Wilson has provided the public Green Walkabout for nearly 20 years. It includes signage that describes sustainable practices on-site for buildings, farm, garden, forest, recycling, and more. See https://www.warren-wilson.edu/student-life/sustainability home page and scroll down to link to all the Green Walkabout signs.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Green Walkabout©—a sustainability tour at Warren Wilson College—educates and inspires participants about the positive benefits that result when intentional consideration of short-term and long-term environmental, social and economic impacts drive choices about the built environment, land and water resources and food systems. The tour includes the College’s sustainable Farm, organically managed Garden and Forest, LEED-certified buildings and acclaimed recycling center. Tour attendees have included higher education institutions seeking to expand their sustainable campus practices to regional groups interested in learning how to make sustainable choices.

The primary learning objectives of The Green Walkabout© follow:
•to demonstrate how a shift to long-term decision making to calculate triple bottom line impacts before taking action for the built environment, food systems, land use, and waste management results in better outcomes: reduced emissions, improved quality of life, and just and resilient communities
•to introduce examples of best practices easily replicable in one’s home, business or institution
•to encourage identification of participant’s manageable point of entry, eg switching to CFL’s or improving insulation, so upon return to home or business, participants may practice a conscious shift in decision-making and adopt small steps that result in practices that reap noticeable benefits

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

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

The Sustainable Practices Guide is an in-depth resource for sustainable living on campus. It is a living document that is subject to revision as best practices change. It is linked here: https://www.warren-wilson.edu/student-life/sustainability

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Owl and Spade is the College's alumni magazine and always features stories related to Warren Wilson’s mission-centered commitment to sustainability. This recent issue features several important sustainability stories: https://www.warren-wilson.edu/after-wwc/alumni/owl-and-spade-2019/.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data was gathered from several websites, staff, and existing College documents.

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