Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Western Kentucky University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christian Ryan
Sustainability Coordinator
WKU
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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 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 Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience No
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 Office of Sustainability maintains a website that serves as a clearinghouse of information for all things sustainable at WKU. For special events, such as Earth Day, conferences, or other activities, we add an event page that is temporary, however most of the site is used to describe our initiatives and projects.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

None.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

WKU Office of Sustainability uses Facebook and Twitter. The Office of Sustainability also maintains a Facebook page for Big Red Bikes. The Sustainability Coordinator is an administrator on the WKU Facebook feed, so can post there, as well as the Facilities Management Facebook page, so can also post sustainability related information there.


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

WKU Office of Sustainability partners with various departments on this effort. Student sustainability research is included in the Office of Sustainability website, as well as on other department sites. Additionally, the annual student research conference at WKU showcases student research, including sustainability related research.


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

The WKU Green Tour is a series of signs around the main campus that interpret various sustainability features, including green buildings, thermal solar, LED lighting upgrades, sustainable groundskeeping practices, and others.


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

In the main campus dining hall, two Grow Towers (hydroponic vertical gardens) demonstrate how food can be grown for personal use in almost any environment. Signage identifies locally produced products, and also highlights the farms and farmers from which the food came. Signage is used to describe the composting system in place, as well as share successful composting rate numbers.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

The WKU Green Tour includes signs that explain practices such as rainwater collection for irrigation and our campus forest and Tree Campus USA designation.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The WKU Green Tour is a series of signs around the main campus that interpret various sustainability features, including green buildings, thermal solar, LED lighting upgrades, sustainable groundskeeping practices, and others. The tour is most often given by request, and led by the Sustainability Coordinator. The tour can also be self-guided. The Green Tour signs are often read by a non formal audience - just people walking by.


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

The WKU Parking and Transportation Department maintains a page on their website called "Car Free" which describes all of the various options for sustainable transportation, including biking (linked to the Big Red Bike program page), car sharing, ride sharing, shuttle schedules, and other information.


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

The WKU Dept of Parking and Transportation created and maintains a campus biking policy, campus bike rack maps, local bike route maps, and Greenways trails on a webpage. Also included are locations for bike rental and repair, as well as a list of community resources and groups for cyclists.


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

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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:

The student newspaper assigns a reporter to the Facilities and Sustainability beat. Aside from this, stories about campus sustainability efforts and programs are regularly featured in the student paper. Additionally, the University publications staff - WKU News, specifically, covers stories on sustainability efforts and accomplishments.


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

The WKU Sustainability ibook - Big Red, Small Planet, is available for download through iTunes or as pdf. This interactive ibook describes sustainability programs and efforts campus-wide, including operations, curriculum, research, and student affairs.


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