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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 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Briar Schoon
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management 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):

PCC's sustainability website gives detail on our sustainability news, on-campus sustainability efforts, recycling and waste reduction efforts, guiding principles, events, academics and departments as well as info on our sustainability council.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The RC Sustainability team produces a sustainability newsletter highlighting campus practices and achievements in sustainability. Our Sylvania Environmental Center also produces a newsletter that discusses sustainability events, news, initiatives, and eco tips.


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:

Rock Creek Sustainability has a Facebook page that provides highlights regarding campus sustainability. Additionally, some sustainability stories and updates are shared on PCC social media sites.


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?:
No

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

N/A


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 :

Many of our LEED buildings have green building signage, highlighting things like resource-saving features, green roofs, renewable energy and others. We are also in the process of upgrading and expanding our educational signage as well as including occupant tips.


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:

Dining Services highlights some of the sustainable features of their products including those that are fair trade and locally-sourced with signage. We also have Meatless Monday promotional signage with facts on meat consumption and its associated environmental and social impacts.

At Rock Creek, we have detailed signage for our pre-consumer waste collection system as well as how our learning gardens grow produce for use in our cafeterias. At our Sylvania campus, we have signage around efforts to procure at least 30% of our food from sustainable sources. There is signage at all of our campuses advertising some of the sustainable vendors, such as coffee.


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:

Signage regarding sustainable grounds practices can be found around the campuses. We have signage regarding rain gardens & other stormwater mitigation infrastructure, pollinator habitat signage, pesticide free zone signage & Bee Campus/Tree Campus signage


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:

On our Sustainability web page, we have an interactive map highlighting sustainable building attributes, art installments, learning garden features, earthen buildings, natural areas, renewable energy, rain gardens & our Southeast food forest, among others.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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:

Our Parking and Transportation department details our intra-campus shuttle system, alternative transportation options and carpooling and biking incentives for students, faculty and staff. Many offices that participate in the Green Team program post the alternative transportation options available in their offices.


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:

Portland offers a plethora of options for bike routes. We have maps that highlight the most efficient bike routes relating to PCC Campuses and Centers.

We have Active Transportation Coordinator who helps provide resources to those who currently bike and/or want to bike to campus.


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?:
Yes

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

PCC does not have on-campus housing. However, the PCC Sustainability website offers resources to all aspects of green living and blogs about sustainability on campus.


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?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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