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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Burden
Sustainability Coordinator
MU 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 No
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 Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians ---
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 Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above ---

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The university has two websites devoted to sustainability efforts. One is maintained by the MU Sustainability Office and the other is devoted to student-oriented sustainability initiatives and maintained by Student Life: http://environmentalleadership.missouri.edu/


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

Sustain Mizzou sends out a weekly e-newsletter through MailChimp that includes tips on living sustainably and highlights campus and community events related to sustainability, such as film screenings, e-waste drives and general meetings.


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

The Sustainability Office, Environmental Leadership Office and Sustain Mizzou all use Facebook to share sustainability related events and messages.


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:

Footprint is a sustainable living magazine published by Sustain Mizzou and includes articles on sustainability and research related to sustainability.

The Office of Undergraduate Research publishes student research on sustainability and highlights student awards related to research.


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 :

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

-Can the Waste: encourages students to be more conscious of the amount of food wasted.

-Going Trayless: program implemented by the dining halls that eliminated the use of trays.

-Earthright: publication put together by the campus dining service that educates on food waste and includes tips to reduce waste.

-Signage on waste receptacles to discern between recyclable materials and landfill materials

-Local to Missouri: identifies local foods


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:

Mizzou Botanic Garden has joined the Missouri Botanical Garden's Center for Home Gardening and Powell Gardens by bringing to your attention a large selection of plants considered worthy of planting, yet underutilized in the home landscape. Known as Plants of Merit, these plants are marked by signs. They have been selected because of their consistently high performance in the areas of:

pest resistance
growth characteristics
adaptability to a variety of growing conditions
ease of maintenance

Professional horticulturists are continually evaluating new plants and adding to the list each year. By displaying and labeling the Plants of Merit, we hope to increase their appreciation and use in the mid-Missouri home landscape.

-Native Plant Garden--plants native to Missouri


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:

There are a few options:

1) Explore Mizzou's campus and learn about our most sustainable spots on the Sustainability Top Ten Tour. Guide yourself on a tour of different sustainability oriented places on campus -- from the biomass boiler and the photovoltaic array to the craft studio -- and you’ll discover a host of new places on campus. In addition to the self-guided tour, you can request a guided tour through the Environmental Leadership Office: http://environmentalleadership.missouri.edu/presentations-and-tours/

2) The Tree Trails are a part of the Mizzou Botanic Garden's mission to provide educational opportunities for the campus community and its visitors. The campus boasts many gardens and horticultural diversity to be enjoyed by all.

The trails consist of three loops — the Jesse Hall Loop, through the historic Francis Quadrangle; the Lowry Mall Loop, centering on Ellis Library and areas popular with students; and the Memorial Union Loop, which meanders among early 20th century white limestone buildings.

Trees on each loop are identified by sequentially numbered plaques. The numbers on the plaques correspond to loop numbers. The number of trees, approximate distance and walking times are shown at the top of each loop map.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

The University encourages and promotes many sustainable transportation practices including but not limited to biking, shared-car programs, bus services, and use of alternative fuel vehicles. These programs are highlighted on the Sustainability Office website and also includes a link to the campus bike map.


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:

The Bike Resource Center strives to make bicycles a safe and affordable option for commuting, to reduce environmental impact through the use of non-motorized transportation, and to encourage personal health through exercise.

The BRC sets up its free repair shop in the heart of campus (weather permitting). In addition to fixing bikes, representatives from the BRC educate bikers about safety, routes and other resources.


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

The Dashboard Program website incudes green living and sustainability guidelines for residents to follow and commit to.


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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:

The Maneater regularly covers sustainability related topics, and articles can be easily accessed through the Maneater website by searching keywords/tags such as "sustainability"


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:
A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

Environmental online magazine which provides an easily accessible path to sustainability.


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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.