Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.52
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Western Washington University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Masha Szaro
Research Assistant
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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 (optional):

The WWU Office of Sustainability website is dedicated to furthering Western’s strategic goal of campus sustainability, difined as: "Serve as a model for institutional effectiveness, innovation, diversity, and sustainability". The website provides comprehensive content in sustainability on campus in areas including: programs, initiatives, academics, operations, research, and community.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Environmental Center sends out the ESP Bulletin twice a month detailing environmental events happening on campus and in the community, volunteer opportunities and environmental club meetings on campus. This is the source to learn about everything environmental happening on campus and around Bellingham.


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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

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

Office of Sustainability administers multiple channels of social media focused on sustainability. We have a Facebook and Twitter dedicated to general sustainability matters, campus wide updates, and news. In addition, other sustainability programs on campus manage their own social media accounts that include Instagram and Snapchat. All environmental programs collaborate on promoting each other's content for better coverage.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Sustainability related topics appear in the Western Front very often and cover a wide range of subjects, from vegan dinning, through permaculture, to social and economic issues. However there is no regularity in posting that type of content.


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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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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 :

All projects brought by the Sustainable Action Fund grant program provide visible signange in order to promote the projects and their effects on Western's culture and climate. As of recent we have started using environmentally friendly non-PVC vinyl signage.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

The Dining halls display signs at the front desk that include information on the local and organic foods that are served in the cafeterias. Also next to each food option in the dining hall descriptions are given that include information relating to the ingredients, whether or not the food is vegan/vegetarian, and if the food is local or non-local.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

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

Across the WWU campus you will find signs with a lady bug picture labeling pesticide-free zones. Also, compost created through a university compost site )which was funded through a Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) grant) is designated with a placard explaining "this compost brought to you by the SAF program".


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Sustainability Map is currently in the last stage of development, directed by the Spacial Institute in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability. Map organizes all sustainable features on campus by their category and includes information and pictures of the features to be easily identified.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

Western designates an entire office to the transportation, which processes bus passess, conducts outreach and overall promotes sustainable transportation around the university and the Bellingham area. There are many printed, as well as on-line resources that students can use to learn how to take a bus, and what sort of accomodations there are for bicycles. "Getting there from WWU" is a brochure that points major locations and how to get to them by bus. In addition, Sustainable Transporttaion Office disseminates local Transit Authority informational materials with bus routes and schedules.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

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

Western designates an entire office to the transportation, which processes bus passess, conducts outreach and overall promotes sustainable transportation around the university and the Bellingham area. There are many printed, as well as on-line resources that students can use to learn how to take a bus, and what sort of accomodations there are for bicycles."Campus Bike Map and Bicycling Guide" provides basic bicycling tips as well as a map of biking pathways on and around campus.


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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Office of Sustainability periodically disseminates paper and social media content about "Power Down" actions over Winter, Thanksgiving, and Spring breaks. The flyers and posters contain tips and reminders on how to conserve energy while away from dorms and offices.


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