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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 David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kentucky
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Shane Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
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 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

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Clearing house for all sustainability-related activities of the University. Administer by the UK Office of Sustainability.


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

The Office of Sustainability has developed an E-News service for campus and community members who are interested in receiving updates about sustainability related initiatives, programs and events at the University of Kentucky. It is our goal to distribute the monthly e-news on the first Wednesday of each month. If you have news, photos or events that you would like to have included please contact Shane Tedder at [email protected].


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

UK Office of Sustainability maintains 3 social media platforms (FB, Twitter, Instagram), the Student Sustainability Council, the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library, Campus Kitchens, and a long list of other campus organizations also use social media to promote sustainability.


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 University has an annual undergraduate research showcase as well as the TFISE research showcase and Sustainabiilty-focused summer research and creativity fellowships for undergraduates. Participants in all three of these initiatives are systematically encouraged to submit their work to Kaleidoscope, a refereed journal published annually by the Office of Undergraduate Education of the University of Kentucky.


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 :

LEED-buildings have their plaques featured prominently on both inside and outside walls. Additional information about high performance and innovative building features are also posted in individual cases.


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

Information about the sources of local ingredients as well as operational efforts to promote sustainability are integrated in the outreach and communication efforts of UK Dining.


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:

Select storm water quality infrastructure is accompanied by informational signage. Sustainability is a core component of the campus landscape guidelines however to reduce visual clutter, outreach about these efforts is done via other channels.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Parking and Transportation Services provides a wide variety of alternative transportation resources.


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:

UK PTS and the Office of Sustainability partner on a wide variety of efforts promoting bicycling at UK.


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

UK Public Relations has a beat reporter assigned to sustainability. They meet on a bi-weekly basis with UK Sustainability Coordinator and work together to publish several sustainability-focused pieces per month.


The website URL for this material (1st material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

The Environment and Natural Resources Initiative publishes a quarterly newsletter.


The website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

Natural Resouces and Environmental Sciences publishes a newsletter.


The website URL for this material (3rd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th material):

Starting in the summer of 2015, the Office of Sustainability will publish an annual report on campus sustainability efforts.


The website URL for this material (4th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (5th material):

Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Working Group maintains a blog featuring news articles that impact the Commonwealth that are focused on sustainable ag from around the world.


The website URL for this material (5th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (6th material):

UK Greenhouse maintains a blog geared toward the student enrolled in that Living and Learning program.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
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