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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 Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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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 No
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 No

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

In the summer of 2011, the Office of Environmental Sustainability finished their web page. The new website is more visually appealing and contains more information about the office, events and programs, student opportunities and sustainable practices and regulations on campus. The website is regularly updated with new information.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Environmental Sustainability releases a Sustainability Bulletin on a monthly basis during the academic year and once during the summer. The Bulletins contain information about programs and events that occurred in the recent month and information about the Office's and student groups' planned activities in the near future. The bulletin also includes information about the University's progress on its sustainability goals and answer commonly asked questions about sustainable practices on campus.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Office of Environmental Sustainability regularly posts news and information on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr pages. The social media platforms are kept up-to-date and actively followed by the student community, student organizations, Residential Life, Student Involvement and other offices on campus. The URLs are http://facebook.com/ualbanygreenscene; https://twitter.com/ualbanygreenscn; http://instagram.com/ualbanygreenscn;


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

Signage in the Library - There are signs in the library that encourage students to print double-sided and to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at various water stations in the library.

Signage in the Buildings - There are signs in the buildings next to the elevators that encourage students, faculty and staff to save energy and take the stairs instead of the elevators.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

In our dining halls, we have signage with information about our local food campaigns. All locally grown foods, vegetarian, vegan, and grass-fed beef are appropriately labeled. Starting in the 2014-2015 year, the dining halls feature a "food of the month", which promotes crops that are native to New York. The students and dining staff are educated about the importance of locally-grown food and learn various dishes to implement it in their diet. In the campus center, local foods are labeled. https://ualbanydining.com/planet/index.html


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

Rather than creating a separate tour, the university has incorporated sustainability talking points into our regular tour given to all potential students. In addition, the model dorm room that is shown on the campus tour has been outfitted with green products and tips on more sustainable choices. We also meet with the tour guides in the beginning of the semester and provide them a training on sustainability programs and new initiatives.


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

We have created a brochure that contains all of the alternative transportation options available on campus. There is information about carpooling, mass transit, bicycle sharing, car sharing and emissions caused by transportation. They also contain information about driving green by using our hybrid buses and our newly installed Electric Vehicle charging stations. These brochures are available at various locations on campus such as at the Parking and Mass Transportation Office, The Student Association Office, Graduate Student Association Office and the Commuter Lounge. We have recently developed a new initiative for the UAlbany Bus Fleet, which contains a GPS. Students are able to view where their bus is compared to the scheduled arrival time on monitors throughout campus and on a UAlbany App on their smart phones.


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

We have an alternative transportation brochure that provides information on this


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

We have two brochures, Freshmen's and Transfers' Guides to Sustainability at UAlbany, that cover this issue for incoming students. We have materials such as brochures and fliers with conservation tips for on-campus living, how to "Green Your Space" and more generic "Green Living Wheels" with tips and ideas for sustainable living both on and off campus. We also have brochures that discuss best practices for recycling and conserving energy on campus.


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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.