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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 46.40
Liaison Shannon Craig
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Camosun College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Maria Bremner
Manager
Environmental Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
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 No
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 Yes
A sustainability walking map or tour No
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 No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The Office of Environmental Sustainability's website holds all information related to environmental sustainability at Camosun College including the Sustainability Plan and other related reports. The website also houses "stories of sustainability," where students, faculty and staff across campus who are enaged in advancing environmentally sustainable initiatives are featured. Additionally, information on alternative transportation options, upcoming events and information on how students can get involved with sustainable initiatives can be found on the site.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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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:
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The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Camosun College is proud of the hard work, innovation and ingenuity it's students demonstrate and have a number of avenues in which research and projects are highlighted. Many departments feature student research on their individual websites. The Environmental Technology program and the Mechanical Technology program require students to participate in a public presentation of their final projects. The 2014 Sustainability Report also highlights sustainability related student projects and the Environmental Sustainability Website features environmental and sustainable student related work on occasion.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Aramark is the food service provider at Camosun College. Aramark's Green Thread Program provides information on menu options and ingredients, including on their source and the benefits of eating seasonally, locally, sustainably.


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

Camosun has signage providing information on garry oak restoration projects and native plant gardens at the Lansdowne campus.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

"Getting Here Green" and "Transportation and Parking" brochures provide information regarding alternative transportation options to and from campus and for travelling between both of Camosun College's campuses. The Office of Environmental Sustainability's website also provides formation about sustainable transportation options along with cycling information, the Camosun Express shuttle schedule and more.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Transportation and Parking website provides information on where to find secured bike parking and individual bike lockers, showers, change rooms and bike fix it stations. The website also houses a number of bike route maps for best ways to cycle to each campus and offers additional resources including links to bike related organizations in the community and bike safety tips and more.


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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:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The Office of Environmental Sustainability(OES) had an interactive information booth at the Camosun Welcome Back Cam-Fest at both campuses in September. This past year OES had a large sustainability spin wheel which had sections for various areas of sustainability (transportation, energy, waste, biodiversity and other), students were encouraged to spin the wheel and they were asked a questions about that portion of sustainability at the college. For participating in the activity students were given a reusable mug to use on campus and a reminder that they received 10 cents off hot drinks when they used it at the food services around campus. Also presented was an information poster about the Camosun Express intercampus shuttle along with schedules and ridership information. We had information presented about our modal split numbers and engaged students in thinking about how they got to campus. Further information presented was our Sustainability Plan and Sustainability Annual Report. We had cycling and hiking maps available as well as our internal transportation rack cards.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

The Office of Environmental Sustainability released a Sustainability Report in 2014. The report highlights some of the key sustainability initiatives which have been accomplished over years leading up to the development of the Environmental Sustainability Office, and Sustainability Plan. Areas highlighted included energy conservation, waste management and recycling, transportation, materials and resources and landscapes/habitat.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

As Camosun College has two campus locations there are "Between Campus Green" rack cards that outline alternative transportation methods specifically related to travelling between the Lansdowne and Interurban campuses. Additionally, the publication offers resources for trip planning as well as tips for setting up video and tele-conferencing.


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The student newspaper, Nexus, has a dedicated column for sustainability related news stories. This content is usually provided by the Director of Sustainability (a student position of the Camosun College Student Society). The current director of sustainability has chosen to pursue other avenues to promote sustainability at Camosun this year, however, previous years have seen the sustainability column used regularly.

The Office of Environmental Sustainability is currently working on updating their website to include a page dedicated to student research and projects related to environmental sustainability.

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