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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 Platinum
Overall Score 85.51
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date July 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of New Hampshire
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Colleen Flaherty
Communications and Information Coordinator
Sustainability Institute
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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 (optional):

The online home of the Sustainability Institute lists UNH sustainability related academic programs and courses, research, a calendar of events, social media, and resources for students, faculty, staff, the media, policymakers and much more. Sustainability tips are available for students and for faculty and staff.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Institute newsletter highlights how sustainability principles and practices are being integrated throughout UNH's research, education, and practice with local, state, regional, national, and international partners. Each issue shares interesting facts, easy-to-do tips, links to event calendars and social media, and more. The newsletter comes out twice a semester. UNHSI also send announcements for sustainability events and research.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Sustainability Institute uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a blog to inform students and others about sustainable tips, opportunities, and events, both on campus and in the surrounding area.

https://www.facebook.com/SustainableUNH

https://twitter.com/sustainableUNH


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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 the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The New Hampshire (TNH) is the student newspaper of the University of New Hampshire. Student reporters regularly cover sustainability. In addition, UNH professor Tom Haines had his journalism course cover New Hampshire and regional sustainability.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce 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:

The Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), entering its 18th year in 2017, is a celebration of academic excellence at the University of New Hampshire. At the weeklong symposium, hundreds of UNH students from all academic disciplines present the results of their scholarly and creative research in one of over twenty professional and artistic venues campus-wide. Demonstrations, performances, and oral and poster presentations add to the excitement of the annual conference.

Each year, the presence of sustainability research at the URC grows. Students across disciplines and colleges present on their sustainability research on topics like renewable energy, local agriculture, health and nutrition, cultural heritage, climate change, biodiversity, environmental engineering, sustainable investment, and much more.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

UNH has signage across campus highlighting sustainable features like LED lighting, the LEED Gold features of James Hall and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and TV's that display transit information and real-time energy use of buildings.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

UNH Dining posts signage in dining halls about its local and regional sources for food along with nutrition information. The Sustainability Institute, Dining, and Student Senate have partnered to create a Take Less, Waste campaign. This campaign includes signage around campus and social media posts about not wasting food. UNH Dining is a leading member of the Menus of Change Program, which encourages students to make healthy dining choices.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce 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 produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

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

The UNH Commuter Services website offers information for students living off campus. Within the 36-page Commuter Guide, there are several pages on Transportation Options at UNH (e.g., Wildcat Transit, Guaranteed Ride Home, Campus Connector Shuttles, Cat Cycles, The Downeaster, Safe Rides, etc.) as well as Seacoast area transportation options. There is also information about parking, storm closings, commuter programming, and much more. Additionally, UNHSI offers a webpage covering all sustainable transportation options at UNH. Transit schedules can be found at https://www.unh.edu/transportation/wildcat-transit


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Signage exists across campus on designated bike lanes, walking paths, street crossings, and more.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

UNSHI also offers "Sustainability Tips for Students." Here, students can learn more about water conservation, buying local food, how to join sustainability-related student organizations, etc. (http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/sites/sustainableunh.unh.edu/files/media/unhsi_flyer_students_revised_7-12-16.pdf)


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

UNHSI also releases Sustainability Briefings. Briefings can be written by faculty, students, or staff and cover any topic within sustainability.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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