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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.

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Overall Score Expired
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

The website for the UNCG Office of Sustainability (http://www.uncg.edu/fac/sustainability/)contains information regarding the physical plant of the university as well as community outreach projects, opportunities for student involvement (announcements and a calendar), and academic projects related to sustainability. A second website is the UNCG Office of Sustainability blog, "Where Blue and Gold Become Green."


The website URL for the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability is developing a newsletter, IMPACT, that will be published 3 times per semester
beginning in Spring 2012. The newsletter will be posted on both the website and blog. It will include information
about current sustainability programs throughout campus and promote practical sustainability behaviors within
the campus environment


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

UNCG publishes a "UNCG Research" magazine and the "Discovery: Research News at UNCG" newsletter. Both publish and disseminate student research, including sustainability-focused projects.


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 :

An interactive electronic sign has been placed in the new School of Education building, UNCG's first LEED Certified structure. Several LEED credits are highlighted, including construction strategies to divert waste from landfills, technologies to reduce energy and water consumption, and materials to protect indoor air quality.


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?:
Yes

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

UNCG Dining Services provides information about their Project Clean Plate program, which encourages students to reduce food waste by only taking the amount of food they will eat. Dining Services also provides information about cage free eggs, sustainable seafood practices, and local produce.


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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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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

In development.


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:

Parking Operations and Campus Access Management at UNCG has made information about alternative transportation options available online. Options for students and employees are detailed, including public transportation, walking, cycling, carpooling, and car sharing (ZipCar). The site links to a commuter cost calculator, which helps commuters estimate their potential cost savings from various transportation options.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

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

In development.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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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)?:
Yes

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 student newspaper has not developed a regular column for sustainability; however, it does cover sustainability events such as Landfill on the Lawn, Earth Day, and the Chancellor’s signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.


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:
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

"inStallments" are one-page publications that are periodically posted in residence hall bathroom stalls. These
provide information on various sustainability initiatives or practices to a "captive" audience.


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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 UNCG Energy Conservation Pledge is posted online and is also made available at public events for members of the UNCG community to sign. The Pledge contains behaviors and practices that signatories commit to following in an effort to reduce their individual energy consumption, and in turn serve as examples to fellow community members.


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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:

Green Office Certification program offers resources to academic and administrative offices across campus that
seek to lessen the impacts of their practices. A website provides all the criteria for achieving certification, and
also offers several how-to guides, graphics, and other materials. The program is also fully supported by
Sustainability Office staff, who meet with each participating group at least twice during the process and are available to answer questions at any time.


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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.