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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 50.11
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Jan. 21, 2011
President's Letter Download

STARS v1.0

University of Louisville
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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:

In the Fall of 2010, the UofL Sustainability Council launched a new website to consolidate information and provide links to the wide variety of sustainability initiatives on our campuses: http://louisville.edu/sustainability


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have 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 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:

In 2009, UofL launched a "Commute Green" campaign to provide commuters with information about lower-impact transportation alternatives including: living close enough to campus to walk, bicycling, taking the bus, and carpooling or vanpooling. This guide is available online and is distributed in print at a wide variety of events, including new employee and new student orientations, Campus Sustainability Day, Earth Day, and Transportation Alternatives Fairs.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

The Cards Go Green! Pledge includes over two-dozen ideas for green living from reducing waste to conserving energy and water. Students are asked to pledge to take at least three of the steps when the guide is distributed in print at a wide variety of events, including new student orientations, Campus Sustainability Day, Earth Day, and Transportation Alternatives Fairs.


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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)?:
No

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 Louisville Cardinal student newspaper covers sustainability-related topics on occasion, but currently does not have a regular column or reporter assigned to the sustainability beat.


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:

University Communications & Marketing has a reporter assigned to the campus sustainability beat and regularly produces press releases and outreach material (stories, photos, videos, and announcements) for both internal and external audiences.


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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 daily "UofL Today" campus news and announcement service includes a weekly "Green Tip" highlighting ways people in the UofL community can get involved in promoting sustainability (especially through choices they make in their daily lives) and a monthly "Green Scene" column with stories written by various members of the UofL community about how they’re engaging with sustainability.


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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:

Sustainability Tips and events are included in the monthly online First Year Student Newsletter, "The FRY (Your First Rate Year)."


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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:

Green Tips and information about local foods and learning to cook (through the Basic Pantry program and others) are included in the monthly Campus Health News produced by Campus Health Services. Similarly, UofL's employee health and wellness program, Get Healthy Now, produces a monthly "Happenings" bulletin with sustainability-related announcements and ideas (e.g. biking to work, eating local and seasonal foods, etc.).


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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:

Sustainability Green Tips and stories about campus sustainability initiatives are included in the monthly UofL Connection alumni newsletter and UofL Magazine.


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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:

Monthly Green Tips are printed in the Mortar Board campus planner.


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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:

The monthly President’s Report produced by the Office of the President is now proudly 100% Carbon Neutral (The delivery of this publication is carbon neutral and it is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper) and highlights campus sustainability initiatives from time to time, such as June 2010.


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