Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.05
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

York University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Andrew Plunkett
Sustainability Coordinator
President
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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 No
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 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 ---
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat ---
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

York University’s sustainability website serves as a hub for all information regarding the institution’s green initiatives. The website consolidates sustainability information about the administration, buildings and land, energy, food, transportation, waste, curriculum, purchasing, and water. As well, related multi-media, maps, and other resources can be found.


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

York maintains an active sustainability presence on both Twitter and a Facebook. These pages are used to promote sustainability-related events and information.
https://www.facebook.com/york.university.sustainability
https://twitter.com/YUsustain


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

York’ institutional repository is called YorkSpace. All academic departments, as well as various research bodies have access to this repository. Graduate students are able to publish their research in YorkSpace.


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

The cafeteria’s run by York’s Food Services all include signage that highlights sustainable food choices. All coffee is Fair Trade and has signs located above it explaining what Fair Trade coffee is.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Professor L. Anders Sandberg leads an “Alternative Campus Tour” that allow students to explore and learn about the provision of drinking water, security and safety, the presence of exotic species on campus, storm water management, community gardens, art, green roofs, and the campus woodlots. The stories and information that are shared during the tour build an understanding of current campus features, while encouraging action towards building a better future. Tours are held on multiple dates during the spring months, when all campus features are visible and accessible.


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

Transportation Services hosts information on using alternative methods of transportation on their website. Students and Staff can find information regarding: public transit, shuttle services, car sharing services (Zipcar, Carshare, AutoShare), carpooling services (Smart Commute), and cycling.


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

The sustainability webpage includes a designated section for useful “green maps.” This includes a cycling map with the locations of bike lockers, racks, paths and lanes. The other maps include waste management locations, water refill locations and public transportation locations.


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

The Office of the President releases an annual sustainability report, which consists of two major sections. The first section is a report from the President’s Sustainability Council (PCS), which provides a detailed overview of the institution’s progress on sustainable initiatives proposed by the PCS from previous years, followed by a section containing new sustainability suggestions. The Department of Campus services and Business Operations provide the second section. This portion of the report contains facts and figures on the institution’s energy consumption, atmospheric emissions, water consumption, waste production and diversion, biodiversity and transportation.


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