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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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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 sustainability website is hosted by the sustainability office and includes sustainability-related projects on campus, AASHE STARS history and ways to get involved.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Sustainability updates are provided in the bi-weekly student leadership newsletter.


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:

Student Leadership provides updates on twitter, facebook and instagram. https://studentleadership.northseattle.edu/node/34
The Sustainability Office maintains a sustainability blog where most posts are tagged with AASHE STARS categories: https://nscsustainability.wordpress.com/


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?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

n/a


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?:
Yes

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

The Seattle Colleges District Sustainability webpage provides a space for student research.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

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

Within the new OCE&E building, a joint venture between the State and College, there is signage about its LEED Gold certification and the green construction of the building. The campus also highlights energy and water saving features, such as the cistern that collects rainwater for flushing toilets with QR codes.


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 Sustainability Board wrote a report base on a student survey it conducted during the 2016-17 school-year that is shared with the campus. The cafeteria includes table tents and wall signage for "Know Where it Goes: Stop, Think, Sort," to support composting efforts. The Sustainability Board distributes Fair Trade brochures and promotional items at events.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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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:

QR Codes and physical signage includes education on bioswales, and biodiversity focused walking paths.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

There is a green-walking map / tour of the newest building on campus, our OCE&E building, which was a joint-venture between the school and the WA State dept. of Social and Human Services. It is a LEED Gold building and features a green roof, rain-water catchment systems, and a whole host of other features applicable to sustainability.


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 Safety office promotes a number of sustainable methods of transportation through guides in their office and on the website. Overall, the city sponsored Commute Transit Reduction program is promoted to encourage folks to use public transit, ride sharing, carpooling, and biking options by providing subsidized transit passes for staff and students. For bicyclists, resources advertised include free, sheltered bike racks, and rental lockers available within the Roy Flores Recreation Center.


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)? :
Yes

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

The Sustainability Office and Safety Office have walking and pedestrian maps. The following link is a list-serve that supports bicyclists and pedestrians in the NSC area facilitating by Licton Haller Greenways. The Sustainability Office supports a bike repair station. Free, sheltered bike racks are conveniently located in various places throughout the campus, and the Roy Flores Wellness Center has rental lockers available for bicycle commuters.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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 Sustainability Office provides a number of handouts at its office and tabling events that include best practices in resource use reduction, community gardening, waste policies, and how and where to donate used electronics. NSC also gives out reusable aluminum water bottles made by local company (Liberty) and designed by student design class (2015) as promotion for participating in surveys and challenges.


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