Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.92
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Aug. 15, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Western Kentucky University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Vincent Santoro
Graduate Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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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 Office for Sustainability’s website keeps students up to date with a calendar of events dealing with sustainability, provides a list of resources, as well as updates on projects and accomplishments. The website is also a resource on how to live more sustainably off as well as on campus. A list of sustainability-focused courses offered at the university can also be found on the website.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

There is an annual sustainability report that covers news, events, and projects that promote sustainability at WKU.


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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:

We have TopSCHOLAR through the campus library where scholars can publish research in a section devoted to sustainablity.


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

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

The WKU Green Tour uses physical signage and a web-based virtual tour to highlight sustainability features and programs on campus.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
No

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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

The WKU Green Tour offers up signage that relates to sustainable grounds-keeping strategies. For example, there is a section of the tour that speaks of Rainwater Collection. WKU uses this collected rainwater to irrigate a main garden on campus.


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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The WKU Green Tour is a tour that goes around the campus of WKU, describing sustainable efforts of the university. Also, for anyone interested in the Green Tour that may have a hard time walking around campus, there is a virtual tour online.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

WKU Parking and Transportation Services has a "car-free" webpage that describes options for transportation services offered by the university and locally, carpooling, biking, walking and the benefits of leaving your car at home.


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

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

Students can access a green guide for campus living that includes information about recycling, transportation options, food options, as well as other tips for living sustainably on campus.


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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)?:
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

There are Facebook pages for the campus sustainablity club (GreenToppers), Office of Sustainability, WKU Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility, and Fair Trade WKU to keep users informed of current and upcoming news, events and/or accomplishments.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
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