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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Aine Keogh
Submission Date June 28, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of Calgary
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Justin Brown
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The University of Calgary SustainabilityON website serves as a comprehensive and up-to-date source of campus sustainability initiatives in Planning and Administration, Campus Operations, Curriculum, Research, and Student Leadership. It also provides resources to students on how they can get involved in campus sustainability, and includes interactive social media options (i.e. Twitter), active media (i.e. videos), and cross-institutional perspectives.


The website URL for the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

SustainabilityON newsletter - a monthly e-newsletter that provides links to campus sustainability initiatives, news, tips, opportunities for involvement, and more.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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:

The Students' Union hosts the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, which highlights student research in sustainability. The Office of Sustainability provides two $1000 awards. The award winner's project information is published on the website.


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 :

Buildings under construction, all of which are targeting LEED certification, will incorporate signage that highlights the green features of the building.


The website URL for 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?:
No

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

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

Alternate modes of transportation and alternatives to travel are offered at www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability/transportation and are covered in training in the SustainabilityON Coordinators program


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:

The Gauntlet is the largest student newspaper on campus which is issued weekly. It often covers sustainability related stories however there isn't a regular column or reporter assigned to these stories like there is for the UToday, Buzz and Umagazine mentioned below.


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:

UToday - daily e-newsletter going out to all faculty and staff has a weekly Green Scene section.


The website URL for this material:
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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 Residence Buzz - weekly Green Scene stories from the UToday are shared in the Buzz which is also a weely newsletter sent out to residence students only.


The website URL for this material:
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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:

Umagazine - published 3 times per year. Goes out to 110,000 alumni, students, donors, civic leaders and community members. Each issue features a sustainability-related story.


The website URL for this material:
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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:

Signage promoting action at points of decision making e.g. "shut the sash", "lights Off", "Take the Stairs", "Bring a Mug", etc.


The website URL for this material:
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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:

UThisWeek – an institutionally-led, weekly publication sent to all students on campus. Many sustainability stories and event notices appear in this publication


The website URL for this material:
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Green Pocket Guides – a small pamphlet containing actions students can take to integrate sustainability into their lives. These pamphlets are passed out at events & booths.


The website URL for this material:
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Videos – Working with a video development agency to develop a suite of videos targeted at the student population. Videos will communicate campus sustainability initiatives in a humours ways and encourages students to participate in behavioral changes by promoting all the perks of engaging in sustainable behaviors and all the downsides and inconveniences of engaging in unsustainable behaviors.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
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A brief description of this material:
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The website URL for this material:
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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.