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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.16
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, San Marcos
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Sustainability Manager
Safety, Risk and 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 (optional):

The website provides a hub of information about sustainability on campus. Our goals, commitments, resources and contact information are all accessible to the campus and the community.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Although we don't have a sustainability newsletter that goes out to the whole campus at this time, we do have a section in the Finance and Administrative Services newsletter- called the "Sustainability Corner". This area focuses on different sustainability opportunities and programs available on campus.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

Our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest) are used to share information, pictures and activities happening on our campus and our community.


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?:
Yes

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

Sustainability is regularly featured in the Cougar Chronicle, the student newspaper. They have done articles on staff and faculty who work on sustainability. They regularly feature sustainability activities and heavily cover Earth Week events. They also ensure transportation, water, energy and other sustainability topics make it into their articles.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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 of our LEED buildings have signs on them denoting their level of LEED. On many of the screens they have information pertaining to their green features, or they use information put together by the Sustainability program to display.

http://www.csusm.edu/pdc/SustainableDesign/index.html


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?:
No

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

We recently installed Aquacents on campus grass. We have signage across the grounds about Aquacents and the water reduction efforts through this effort.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The sustainability program has developed a walking tour that is given to classes. We also have a campus app and on the app it lists all the sustainability features across campus.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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:

Detailed information is given out to new students at orientation. In addition all information can be found online.


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:

We offer information for biking through parking and commuter services. Information can be found here: http://www.csusm.edu/parking/commuter/biketocampus.html#BicycleCommunity


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

All students that are part of the residential experience receive the "Survival Guide to Living Green." In all apartments they received information and magnets about recycling at CSUSM.


The website URL for 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:

Different sustainability materials are produced for a variety of events. For example, depending on the type of outreach efforts, we might tailor our message differently.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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