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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 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Andrea Wenger
Director of Marking and Communications
Marketing and Communications
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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 EMU Sustainability home page includes links to most of the sustainability initiatives as well as the sustainability-related committees, curriculum components, and news.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

EMU on-campus groups such as EarthKeepers, Sustainable Food Initiative, Peace Fellowship, and DivestEMU have and maintain a variety of social media accounts that keep followers updated on the activities and initiatives of each club. Earthkeepers has active Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. S.F.I has Facebook and Instagram, DivestEMU has a Facebook and Twitter.


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:

The current WeatherVane co-editor is in the prominent leadership of both DivestEMU and EarthKeepers. There is almost always consideration given to sustainability-related issues in the weekly editions of the WeatherVane, especially in editorials and opinion pieces written by staff and faculty. Beyond the current make-up, historically the school paper is heavily populated by students active in environmental, peace and social justice groups on campus which gives the newspaper a strong focus on those concerns.


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 :

EMU has a quad of three LEED Gold dorms and in the first dorm constructed there is an interactive display going through many of the LEED points as well as giving current information like real-time energy and water usage and public bus schedule.


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:

The dining services staff label local foods in the cafeteria line. In addition, there is signage placed in gardens/initiative spaces around campus (e.g. the campus chicken coops, beehives, orchard, gardens). Information about the Sustainable Food Initiative can be found online, and also in prospective student information brochures.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

There are signs in the meadows areas that detail why meadows are important and why EMU stopped regularly mowing these areas and what native flowers they were seeded with.


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?:
No

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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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:

The main university publication, Crossroads, regularly covers sustainability, including an entire issue in the Spring 2011 edition.


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