|Submission Date||Feb. 27, 2015|
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
|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||No|
|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||Yes|
|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||No|
|Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above||Yes|
The website for the UNCG Office of 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.
The Sustainability eNewsletter is a monthly publication distributed to over 400 recipients including UNCG students, staff and faculty as well as members of the larger Greensboro community. Articles cover sustainability topics such as events, tips, statistics and spotlights on selected organizations, initiatives or employees.
The UNCG Office of Sustainability has accounts on the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
UNCG publishes a "UNCG Research" magazine and the "Discovery: Research News at UNCG" newsletter. Both publish and disseminate student research, including sustainability-focused projects.
An interactive electronic sign is located in the lobby of the 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 use of materials to protect indoor air quality.
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 their commitments to sustainability, including:
Local Food Commitment
Reducing Food Waste
Terra Ve dining station – vegetarian & vegan options
Balanced U local food demos
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Cage Free Eggs
Balanced U reusable cups and mugs
The Grounds Division of Facilities Operations at UNCG is a service organization comprised of skilled professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality in grounds planning, installation, landscape maintenance, and improvements. Grounds Division services aim to enhance the livability, aesthetics, and safety of the campus environment. Though there is no specific signage around sustainable groundskeeping, Grounds has developed a "tree walk" to highlight the diverse species of trees in Foust Park, and has assisted greatly in implementing the Soundscape Walk in Peabody Park.
Interactive online map with descriptions and photos of sustainability points of interest and projects across campus.
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.
The Parking Operations and Campus Access Management website provides a wide variety of information concerning navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians. Some topics include:
- UNCG Pedal Club
- Parking and Storage
- Spartan Cycles Bike Share
- Discounts at Local Bike Shops
- Maintenance and Repair
- Bicycle Registration
- External Links
- Safety Tips
The Office of Sustainability worked with students to create "Green Living Guides" for two sets of residence halls, the Quad (7 halls recently renovated to LEED Gold) and Spartan Village (4 new buildings constructed to achieve LEED Silver).
The student newspaper has not developed a regular column for sustainability; however, it does cover sustainability events such as Landfill on the Lawn, Recyclemania and Earth Day.
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.
The UNCG Office of Sustainability has also created "Go Green Guides" and made these quick reference documents available to students, staff and faculty online. The materials cover the following topics related to sustainability:
- The Four R’s
- Green Purchasing
- Event Sign In Sheet
- Pre-Break Checklist
- CFL Use and Disposal
- Carpool Sign Up Sheet
- Double Sided Printing
- Decrease Page Margins
- Green Event Guidelines
- Temperature Guidelines
- Sustainable Transportation
- Computer Power Management
The UNCG Office of Sustainability also partnered with Staples and Office Depot to create two "Green Products Lists" and make them available (online) to staff with purchasing authority on campus.
The student group called UNCGreen coordinates monthly outings for volunteers to join a group of "Vampire Energy Slayers" on campus. Slayers are given a map and checklist, which indicates buildings that can be hunted for energy vampires. "VES Tickets" are left in classrooms or offices to remind faculty and staff to turn off lights, shutdown computers, and unplug other small electronic devices.
The Office of Sustainability has also developed a "Sustainability Pocket Guide" that is now distributed through New Employee Orientation.
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