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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.

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Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Middlebury College
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Doug Adams
Associate Dean of Students
Center for Campus Activities & Leadership
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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 that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Visitors to the main Middlebury web page can click on a prominently displayed "Sustainability" tab. The website consolidates information from the Environmental Studies program and the Sustainability Integration Office regarding Middlebury's building construction, renewable energy and energy reduction efforts, and recent sustainability news from our campus.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Environmental Studies Department sends out an annual newsletter that highlights student, staff, and faculty research in sustainability, brief bios of key figures in sustainability on campus, recent campus initiatives, and alumni news.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

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

The Environmental Studies department publishes the titles of Senior theses online. These theses can be found in the Main Library. An annual student research symposium also provides the opportunity for students doing research in sustainability as well as other disciplines to share their work.


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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 :

In the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, visitors can find signs outlining many of the features that qualified the building for LEED Platinum certification. A touch-screen monitor is also available for visitors to further explore the building's sustainability features.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

Signs in Ross Dining Hall give an overview of where campus food comes from and the proportion of our food that is local. The Grille also has similar signage.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

During first year orientation, students are given the opportunity to go on a tour of our campus' key sustainability facilities (biomass plant, organic garden, etc.). The director of sustainability integration as well as trained students also give interested parties sustainability tours of campus upon request on average once a month.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

The Sustainability website lists bus schedules, resources for bikers, Zipcar information, and ride-share information.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

The Sustainability website offers recommendations for how students live more sustainably. The site includes tips related to waste reduction, energy conservation, transportation, and other topics pertaining to sustainability. The Residential Sustainability Coordinators also conduct a Small Footprint Certification that gives first year students an idea of how they could live more sustainably on campus. All first year students also receive a flier about how to recycle on campus when they first arrive.


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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 regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The main newspaper at Middlebury, The Middlebury Campus, has a weekly column called Green News. There are also frequent op-eds covering sustainability-related issues as well as an annual "Green Issue" dedicated entirely to topics related to environment and sustainability.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Sustainability Communication and Outreach Coordinator regularly contributes sustainability-related articles to Middlebury's staff newsletter, MiddPoints.


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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.