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Liaison William Batina
Submission Date Aug. 19, 2011
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STARS v1.1

Pace University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Sue Maxam
University Director for Student Success
Office for Student Success
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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:

With a long standing record of innovative environmental programs, Pace University is committed to sustainable practices. Pace has five campus locations ranging from urban to suburban featuring diverse settings with unique opportunities for modeling campus greening initiatives. Through this website, the individual campuses - New York City, White Plains Law School, White Plains Graduate Center, Pleasantville, and Briarcliff - are united to convey information about Pace's policies, sustainable measures already implemented as well as plans for future initiatives.


The website URL for the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Note that although there are a number of newsletters published by the University in which sustainability issues are addressed, there is no single sustainability newsletter.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

Pace has a Digital Commons, a repository of student research and scholarly output that have been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centers on campus. While it is not exclusively for sustainability issues, it contains these themes.


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?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building 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:

There are a few signs around the serving areas that note Pace Dining Service's commitment to sustainable food practices. Additionally, the section on dining services in Pace's sustainability website offers the following information:

All Campuses
~ Use of local master distributor and vendors to minimize emissions from shipping and support local NY Metro Area economy
~ Implemented sustainable paper "boats" as service option at deli and grill stations.
~ Recyclable aluminum containers phased out.
~ Natural and Organic snacks and beverages available in facilities.
~ Reusable linen tablecloths used on all food tables for catering.
~ Both the Law School and NYC campus routinely offer reusable china dishes and stainless cutlery, as well as compostable take out containers.

Additionally, this link for information on Compass Group’s sustainable food practices:
http://www.compass-usa.com/default.asp?action=article&ID=247&KeyWords=sustainable

However, it should be noted that even with all of these practices, the website information and the signs, and occasional articles in the student newspapers, more still could be done so that the entire university is aware of these sustainable practices.


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 grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
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The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

We have a walking map/brochure of trees planted during Earth Day on the Pleasantville campus over the past 20 years. This tour is available to all freshmen on both campuses during Convocation each year. We do not, however, have a website for it.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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Does the institution have a guide for green living and 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 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:

PLEASANTVILLE CAMPUS
http://www.thepawprint.net/
Once every two weeks The Paw Print (student newspaper) in Pleasantville publishes an article written by one of our GreenPace student committee members relating to programs, awards, initiatives, issues, or problems related to sustainability. This past year some of the many articles included the following:
Get to Know Your Organizations: Students for a Smarter Planet
The Oil Spill Bill
A Green Recognition
Brazilian Blowout
Fun Facts on Why You Should Recycle
Philanthropy of the Year: The Millennium Development Goals
Get to Know Your Organizations: N.A.T.U.R.E
Pace’s Earth Month Seventh Anniversary Celebration
Westchester County’s Greenest Towns
Earth Day, Every Day

NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS
http://www.pacepress.org/
Once every two weeks the Pace Press (student newspaper) in NYC publishes articles that one of our GreenPace student committee members writes relating to programs, awards, initiatives, issues, or problems related to sustainability. This past year some of the many articles included the following:
Recycling as it Relates to Consciousness
Pace Energy and Climate Center Receives award for Outstanding Outreach Partner by ACE NY
GreenPace Giving Out Sustainability Awards
Walmart to Become More Ecofriendly with Smaller Stores
NYC Buildings Burn Harmful Oils and Increase Air Pollution
Convocation Spotlights the Importance of Sustainability
Green Designing


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:
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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:

Pace publishes a number of Journals:

1. Green Law
The Law School’s Center for Environmental Legal Studies first published Environmentally Friendly in 1997. The journal included short, well-researched articles and updates on developments in environmental law. A revised publication, called GreenLaw, continues the tradition of providing readers with short, quality articles on a wide range of environmental law issues. It also provides summaries of important lectures on environmental law at Pace and insight into the student experience, as well as keeping readers up-to-date on other activities at the Law School.

2. Pace Environmental Law Review
Established in 1982, the Pace Environmental Law Review (PELR) was one of the first scholarly journals established in the then new field of environmental law. Edited entirely by law school students, PELR provides a challenging opportunity to develop scholarly commentary and analysis of environmental law issues. PELR’s rigorous training in legal research, writing and editing is an important enrichment of Pace’s JD curriculum, while serving as a forum for the publication of original legal research by Pace JD and LLM candidates. It hosts a major colloquium every three years and publishes articles by leading environmental theorists and practitioners. Current Issue: Volume 28, Issue 3, Spring 2011, Rediscovering Sustainable Development Law.

3. Pace Environmental Notes
Pace Environmental Notes (P.E.N.) is a service of Pace Law Library and provides information about recent environment-related library acquisitions, publications, and legislation. P.E.N. is published each month during the academic year.

4. Proceedings Journal of the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies
A specialty of the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) is the sponsorship of seminars, meetings, and conferences that test global policies on the local problems and local policies on global problems, using the Hudson River bioregion as the testing ground.

5. Vera Lex
Vera Lex, the journal of the International Natural Law Society, was established in 1979 to communicate and dialogue on the subject of natural law and natural right, to introduce natural law philosophy into the mainstream of contemporary thought and to strengthen the current revived interest in the discussion of morals and law and advance its historical research. Past issues have been dedicated to such topics as rights, natural law and constitutionalism, national law and natural environment, globalization and natural law, and liberalism and natural law.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Pace University Law School has an active blog focuses on animal law, ethics and policy. It provides a forum for community and collegiality as well as debate and the exchange of ideas. Founded by Pace Law School professors, contributors include academics, practitioners, and law students, as well as other interested members of the animal advocacy community.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Dyson College is the largest of the schools and colleges within Pace and publishes the Dyson Digital Digest 3 times a year. Most editions contain an article related directly or indirectly to sustainability. Sample article titles over the past few issues include:

Environmentally – Focused Student Documents
Ocelot Birth
April is Earth Month
Students Spend Summer Researching Coral Reefs
New Baby Falcon Swoops in on Environmental Center
Biology Student Conducts Environmental Research


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Environmental Gateway website (a section of Pace's website) is a guide to the academic offerings that are the foundation of Pace University's environmental commitment. Bachelor's and advanced degree programs encompass fields of study as diverse as environmental ethics, environmental science and environmental law. Individual courses cover the gamut of interests from ecotourism to the relationship between environment and religion. Pace offers opportunities to conduct field research, engage in international travel, and litigate in federal court under a special student practice order. The website features a dynamic homepage with new information on upcoming events, news items, and highlights related to Pace and the Environment.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Pace University’s Newsroom has a website on its news coverage and releases with a special section devoted to the environment


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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In addition to the items listed for this credit:

The Pace Pulse, the weekly student e-newsletter, regularly publishes sustainability-related programs, blogs, information, green awards, etc. much of which is submitted by members of the university-wide GreenPace committee. http://thepulse.blogs.pace.edu/?s=environment

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