|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
|2.00 / 2.00||
Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
|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||Yes|
|A sustainability walking map or tour||No|
|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||No|
|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|
The Office of Sustainability maintains its own website where information regarding university goals, sustainability efforts, events and opportunities to be involved, and other related news is cataloged. Over the last year, the website was redesigned and restructured in order to provide greater ease-of-use and a more appealing aesthetic. The key sections include: Topic-based information (Academics and Research, Energy and Climate Change, Food and Dining Services, Land and Resource Management, Service, Outreach and Extension, Engagement, Social Equity and Diversity, Transportation and Zero Waste); Audience-based information (resources and involvement opportunities for staff, Green Teams, faculty, students and the community-at-large); information about the Office of Sustainability (its mission and history, programs, staff and press). This website exists to provide campus users - as well as local, state, regional and national communities - with critical information on the sustainability efforts that are occurring at the operational and policy levels, in addition to educating and engaging those audiences on the topic of sustainability, its importance to the University of Florida, and the ways in which they can participate in transforming the institution.
The UF Office of Sustainability e-newsletter is distributed weekly during the fall and spring academic semesters, and bi-weekly during the summer term. The newsletter is designed to be a vehicle for information on recent announcements and news, upcoming events, opportunities for volunteering or involvement, and internship and job postings. In addition to providing information about the Office of Sustainability and its programs, the newsletter also serves as an outreach tool to promote partnering organizations or departments on campus and in the community, as well as to promote job openings, conferences, internships and other opportunities across the country and internationally. The newsletter reaches an audience of nearly 4,000 people who are self-subscribed to receive the e-mails. The newsletter content is housed on our website, along with an archive of past issues.
Office of Sustainability maintains Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat and Vine accounts focused on highlighting sustainable practices on campus, events related to sustainability, and programs designed to promote sustainable living and to engage students, staff, faculty and community members.
UF has had a commitment to LEED buildings since 2001. A part of this commitment includes spreading the word about green features of buildings and educating occupants through signage and building dashboard displays.
Local and sustainable options are highlighted in campus dining halls with information about the certification program and/or the local farmer/business that produced the food items.
Signs throughout campus educate the campus community that reclaimed water is in use for irrigation. Additional signage has been deployed in areas of particular interest, such as the Xeriscaped area near Hume Hall and the Green Roof on the Charles Parry Construction Yard.
A comprehensive transportation guide is produced by the Office of Sustainability each year to highlight the various options available to students, staff and faculty. It provides information in brief on the Gator Gears Student Bike Rental Program, the Zipcar program, the Regional Transit System bus program, Campus Cab, SNAP (an emergency nighttime transportation service), Zimride (a carpool matching service), Gator Lift (shuttle service for those with mobility related disabilities) and bus services to airports and other destinations around the state. The guide also provides information on the benefits of choosing to bike or walk in relation to health and how transportation choices fit into the university’s carbon neutrality goal, as well as other helpful links and resources on campus transit modes.
In 2015, with the launch of the Gator Gears Bike Rental Program, UF also established a website for information on cycling. This site includes details about bike safety, bike laws, community bike programs and infrastructure, campus bike programs (such as Gator Gears and the Departmental Bike Share Program), and other related resources such as biking news, health information and more.
In 2015, the Office of Sustainability developed a brochure specifically targeting faculty members new to campus. This guide offers information on academic inclusion of sustainability topics, ways to engage with sustainability efforts on campus (such as through the Sustainability Committee and the Gator Community Supported Agriculture Program), and information on sustainable commuting options and electric vehicle charging stations. The guide also includes information on the Green Office Certification Program, which is designed to help offices and labs take steps towards sustainable operations and to recognize those that have made significant strides in their efforts to 'green' their operations.
Sustainable UF Sustainable Event Planning Guide
This guide is a comprehensive resource for planning green events, both on and off campus. It provides guidance on getting started with the planning process, and outlines what to consider when choosing a venue, promoting the event, purchasing items and contracting services, and other essential logistics. The guide also contains an application and checklist for Green Events Certification.
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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.