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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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 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

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

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

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

The UNCG Office of Sustainability has accounts on the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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:

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

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.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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 their commitments to sustainability, including:
Local Food Commitment
Community Gardens
Reducing Food Waste
Composting
BioDiesel Recycling
Terra Ve dining station – vegetarian & vegan options
Balanced U local food demos
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Trayless Dining
Cage Free Eggs
Balanced U reusable cups and mugs


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:

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.


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:

Interactive online map with descriptions and photos of sustainability points of interest and projects across campus.


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:

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 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 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 website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

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 website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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, Recyclemania and Earth Day.


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):

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 website URL for this material (1st material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

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 website URL for this material (2nd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

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 website URL for this material (3rd material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (4th material):

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 website URL for this material (4th material):
Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (5th material):

The Office of Sustainability has also developed a "Sustainability Pocket Guide" that is now distributed through New Employee Orientation.


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