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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 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shana Weber
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed No
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The Office of Sustainability’s website features information related to three categories: Pathways to Leadership, Explore Campus as Lab, and View Progress. The Pathways to Leadership section provides information to students about how they can get involved in sustainability through green funding opportunities and their coursework, internships, and extracurricular activities. The section includes a special focus on the concept that each of these actions gives students the opportunity to be a leader within the campus community. Next, the Campus as Lab section showcases student research, live energy data, Princeton-based research questions, a campus Green Tour, and a page about the educational, interactive GreenSpace kiosk exhibit installed in the student center. Lastly, the View Progress section is designed to highlight campus sustainability improvements, goals, and next steps.

The website also includes information about upcoming events, news announcements, and sustainability groups that are open to faculty and staff.


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

The Office of Sustainability distributes an issue of the sustainability newsletter once per month during the academic year. The newsletter features news, updates, upcoming events. During ‘13/’14, the Office began adding “Sustainability Leader Profiles” to each newsletter, where the Office interviews a campus community member who has engaged in sustainability on campus and/or in their personal lives.

Everyone is able to subscribe to the Office of Sustainability newsletter, including community members. Alternatively, all newsletter articles are available for full viewing on the Sustainability website.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability maintains Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts. Each of the accounts focuses on sustainability as it relates to Princeton. Additionally, the Office uses the accounts to publicize any related campus events and to highlight student initiatives and University sustainability progress.

The YouTube account houses videos created by the Office of Sustainability and the Student Environmental Communication Network. This Network is comprised of student interns who make videos about sustainability features on campus, living green, and more.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Princeton Environmental Institute's website and Grand Challenges fall forum provide venues for publishing and disseminating student research on sustainability. The Office of Sustainability's website features a 'Campus as Lab' section which includes a listing of sustainability-related research questions to help promote and facilitate pursuing such research on campus.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The University currently has installed on campus two Lucid dashboards that highlight sustainable building features. In addition, in virtually all restrooms on campus, dual-flush signage has been installed atop toilets that provides instructions for their use.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Princeton Campus Dining uses several icons to educate the campus community about its sustainable food offerings. The following sustainability-related icons and color codes are displayed electronically for “Today's Menu” listings:
-Vegan
-Vegetarian
-Earth Friendly Entrée (At least 80 percent of an entree contains sustainable, organic or local ingredients)
-Conscious Cuisine Choice (Meets Conscious Cuisine Requirements; for definition, see http://www.princeton.edu/facilities/info/dining/nutrition/healthy/#comp00004aae8f4c00000020986a36)
-Low Carbon Emissions
-Medium Carbon Emissions
-High Carbon Emissions
Additionally, the E-squared (E2) icon appears next to entrees that are prepared with at least 80 percent sustainable ingredients as defined by our sustainability metric. This logo was developed with the Office of Sustainability.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Princeton’s ‘Sustainability Tour,’ which highlights sustainable operational and academic initiatives, was launched as a guided tour in May 2010. Within the next year, a virtual tour app accessible by smart phones and tablets was developed and launched, complete with audio and video. During ‘13/’14, many of the videos were updated to reflect changes in tour locations since 2010. Additionally, the Office of Sustainability has hired student interns to create tour videos that highlight new tour stops, such as the educational, interactive GreenSpace kiosk in the Frist student center.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Transportation and Parking Services produced "Going Places: A Car-free Guide to Princeton University" for campus community members to spread the word about alternative transportation programs and incentives. The publication is available online and in relevant offices for campus commuters.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Transportation and Parking Services produced a map for bicyclists; the map serves pedestrians equally well. The publication is available online and in relevant offices for campus commuters.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Princeton’s Guide to Living Green describes how to incorporate sustainability into the everyday student residential living experience through a series of green tips that span energy and water conservation to consumption.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The University publishes an annual “Highlights” brochure that summarizes Princeton’s annual progress toward its sustainability goals. The brochure is published both online and in hard copy.


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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.