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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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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 Cleveland State University sustainability website shares information on energy, recycling, green building and renovations, curriculum, events, student groups, and more.

The website is currently being completely redesigned.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability sends newsletters to faculty, staff and students exploring campus sustainability topics such as energy saving, paper consumption and recycling.


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:

CSU has created a BeGreenCLEstate Instagram account to share images of campus sustainability initiatives and events. A feature of the new website (currently under development) will allow photos from the CSU community to appear in a dynamic display.


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:

Campus publications covering sustainability include the Cauldron, the Cleveland Stater and the Vindicator. Links to relevant articles are included below.

CSU appoints new sustainability director
http://www.csucauldron.com/news/article_967eb2a4-9714-11e6-88d9-27750060a446.html

Cleveland State recognized by EPA as Green Power Partner
http://www.csucauldron.com/news/article_9266f234-a1dd-11e6-903e-875f9f95dc7b.html

Cleveland State participates in climate action agreement
http://www.csucauldron.com/news/article_5076b396-ecce-11e6-a1ff-93c1643ed533.html

Engineering Students Compete to Help the Environment
https://www.csuohio.edu/class/com/clevelandstater/copy/180605.html

We're Screwed and It's Our Fault
https://issuu.com/thevindicator/docs/full_issue/30


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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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 :

Signage and plaques are developed for LEED certified buildings to indicate LEED designation and share information about building features.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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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:

As CSU's dining and catering provider, Chartwells is committed to fostering and promoting sustainable business principles to clients and customers. Programs include the necessary information to encourage informed choices on both the food we consume, and the ways we interact with the natural environment.

Chartwells provides signage and/or brochures on sustainability initiatives in four key areas:

Environment
Minimize our impact on the environment with primary focus on REDUCTION. Our approach is to bring awareness and education and implement the best practices viable for waste management, water conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution control.

Purchasing Initiatives
Encourage responsible and sustainable practices in our supply chains. Our purchasing initiatives provide food choices which celebrate flavor, affirm cultural traditions and support local communities. This includes local purchasing, fair trade coffee and sustainable seafood programs.

Chartwells in the Community
Support and encourage charitable initiatives and community reinvestment with associates and partners corporately and locally where we do business.

Nutrition & Wellness
Provide programs and education that foster and promote healthful, productive workplaces and communities for the benefit of our associates and guests. Program includes Balanced Choices, our healthy lifestyles nutrition program, and healthy work place reward and development program.


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?:
No

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

The Department of Student Life offers a GUIDE TO COMMUTER SERVICES FOR TRANSPORTATION & PARKING.

The site directs users to information on the UPASS system, Zipcars and bicycle racks along with other parking services information.

Bicycle parking options are outlined at https://www.csuohio.edu/parking/motorcyclebicycle-parking.


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)? :
No

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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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?:
No

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

CSU media regularly includes sustainability content in blogs and media releases.

CSU NAMES JENNIFER MCMILLIN NEW DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY
https://www.csuohio.edu/news/csu-names-jennifer-mcmillin-new-director-sustainability

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.csuohio.edu/news/cleveland-state-university-continues-commitment-sustainability

CSU JOINS 170 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN CALLING FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
http://www.csuohio.edu/news/csu-joins-170-colleges-and-universities-in-calling-for-action-climate-change

OHIO LEAN BUILDINGS PROGRAM SEEKS TO MAKE REGION GREENER
http://www.csuohio.edu/news/ohio-lean-buildings-program-seeks-make-region-greener

CSU RECEIVES GREEN POWER PARTNER DESIGNATION FROM U.S. EPA
http://www.csuohio.edu/news/csu-receives-green-power-partner-designation-from-us-epa

CSU to add batteries and cellphones to recycling program with $3,000 grant
http://clevelandstate.tumblr.com/post/159001670882/csu-to-add-batteries-and-cellphones-to-recycling

NEW GRANT WILL FUND MICROGRID PLANNING STUDY
https://www.csuohio.edu/news/new-grant-will-fund-microgrid-planning-study


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