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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 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Heather Lynch
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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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 Office of Sustainability does have a central website located on the college's website that contains basic information on programs and initiatives at the college. It is currently undergoing a major update/revision over the next year (2017/2018).


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

The student environmental club, Green Up, maintains a Facebook page with current info on campus events/programming and current environmental issues. They also maintain an Instagram account utilizing graphics/images for campus sustainability and environmental awareness. The Garden Program (within the Office of Sustainability) also maintains a Facebook page, Instagram account and a seasonal blog (student-run during the growing season).


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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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 the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

A student from the college's newspaper (The Defender) is assigned
to the Office of Sustainability and the student environmental club to report on campus related sustainability happenings.


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:
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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?:
No

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

There is signage in the dining hall that educates diners about fair trade, organic, local food items as well as recycling and composting.


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:

At the college's Permaculture Farm, there is a Pollinator Habitat sign that explains landscaping strategies employed to protect the health of pollinators. On main campus, there are 2 educational, interpretative signs that were designed by a student that discusses the campus's Bee Campus certification and how campus grounds are maintained in adherence to this certification.


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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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 college has an e-guide (to save paper) on various ways that employees and students can sustainable commute to and from campus and in the community. In addition to the website, Saint Michael's College is a proud member of Green Mountain Transit's Unlimited Access Program. Under this program, employees and students can ride the local buses for free.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
No

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

A student intern put together a Go Green Living Guide (which has
been used by neighboring campuses as well) that provides information and tips for students on how to live a sustainable lifestyle on campus and beyond. The guide is available to download from the Sustainability website.


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 Office of Sustainability has created a Guide to Sustainability on campus brochure available for every new student (student edition) and new employee (faculty & staff edition).


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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