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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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Liaison Eric O'Brien
Submission Date March 1, 2013
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STARS v1.1

University of Northern Iowa
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

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University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

As sustainability is one of UNI's values and one of the initiatives that the institution wants to expand upon, the sustainability webpage is linked in a prominent location directly off of all UNI webpages, including the home page.

The webpage contains information about sustainability initiatives on campus including:
-Academics
-Information on how to get involved
-Helpful tips
-Information on campus initiatives
-News and events
-Resources


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of 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:

Sustainability related student research is allowed to be published on campus in the American Journal of Undergraduate Research.


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 :

Green building features are highlighted in a number of buildings across campus. This is very prominent in LEED buildings and the CEEE, which is a passive solar building and has a number of green 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:

UNI Dining has a number of signs in the dining centers focus on topics including:
-Local foods
-Digital signage for - Trayless dining and other sustainability efforts
-Table tents are utilized throughout the year to promote sustainability efforts
-Large signs promoting specific sustainability efforts are used seasonally


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

UNI Ground has included educational signs explaining the impacts of a number best management practices including:
-Bioswales
-Green roofs
-Pervious pavement
-Pervious pavers
-Native species


The website URL for 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:
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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:

UNI provides a guide for commuters and visitors indicating how campus is connected to the MET transit system and the Panther Shuttle.

The Panther Shuttle was proposed by the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) in the Fall of 1996. The trial run of the Shuttle was well received by the community, but it was limited to two and a half months in Fall 1997 and Spring 1998. The shuttle has returned for both Fall and Spring semesters in each of the last six years.

The Panther Shuttle is designed to increase transportation convenience and reduce parking problems for university students. The service is free to students, faculty and staff. It is funded in part by NISG, student activity fees, Public Safety/Parking Division, the Department of Residence and other area supporters.


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

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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:

Topics in sustainability are covered on a regular basis through the Northern Iowan newspaper. Additionally the Office of Sustainability submits events to the newspaper as they are approaching.


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

A brief description of this material:

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) offers technical assistance and educational programs on energy conservation, renewable energy, local food systems and sustainability. The CEEE strives to empower Iowans with the knowledge, experiences, tools and inspiration needed to create a sustainable future for our communities.


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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 UNI Office of Sustainability manages a social media Facebook page used to promote events and initiatives around campus.


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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.