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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Sandy Beauregard
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colby College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Kevin Bright
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 Yes
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 Yes
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 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 Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Green Colby is a website where all of Colby’s sustainability initiatives, guides, news, and events are posted, along with some additional resources. It is prominently displayed as a tab on Colby’s home page.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The sustainability coordinator sends out a monthly newsletter to the Colby community.


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

The Office of Sustainability has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to post about events and other initiatives on campus.


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

Colby College has held a student research symposium every spring since 2000. Students give presentations, and display posters about the research they have done. This is a cross-departmental symposium, giving the students an audience that includes people outside of their area of discipline. Many of the hundreds of students involved present sustainability research. The abstracts of all of the research projects are published in a booklet that is distributed at the symposium.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Colby College has signage in all of its LEED certified buildings. The most common sign is the “what’s green about this space” sign found throughout these buildings. Others are visual displays including touch screens that allow visitors to pinpoint several of the sustainable features of the building and learn more about them.


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

Colby College’s Dana dining hall has signage about sustainable food systems. There are signs in the serving area encouraging students to participate in Meatless Monday to reduce the demand for meat, which requires large amounts of land to produce. The menu signs identify local and organic food being served and list what farms this food came from. Each table has a napkin dispenser with a fact about food and waste in the United States, including how far food typically travels before it is eaten. In addition, Dining Services has uploaded a brochure on the Green Colby website about all of their sustainability initiatives, including details on composting, recycling, sustainable seafood, local and organic food, fair-trade coffee, biodiesel from used fryolator oil, green chemicals, and waste reduction and prevention.


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A brief description of 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:

Colby has a green commuter guide on the Green Colby website that gives commuters tips on how to get to and from campus. Colby provides a number of transportation services. The listed services include a ride board, a bike share program, buses, rentable fuel-efficient cars, and a taxi service to get into and around Waterville. These items offer options to faculty, staff & especially students reducing the need for access to a car.


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

Campus Life offers Bike Mechanic training to students and staff.


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

Colby College has a green living guide on the Green Colby website that gives members of the Colby community tips on how to live more sustainably. Tips include information on waste reduction, efficient driving techniques, energy reduction, sustainable laundry, and sustainable dining.


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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:

In the last academic year, there was a sustainability article written monthly by an EcoRep and we are planning to make the program more regular this year, with regular weekly articles written by the Environmental Advisory Group, the Office of Sustainability, EnviroCo, EcoReps, Colby Alliance for Renewable Energy, and the Colby Farmers and Gardeners Association.


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

The Green Purchasing guide is a guide for students to help them when selecting and purchasing items to bring to school. It emphasizes reducing and reusing foremost and then gives a series of tips on how to make the least environmental impact when purchasing various products.


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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.