|Submission Date||Oct. 14, 2015|
|2.00 / 2.00||
|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||Yes|
|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||Yes|
|Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above||Yes|
The UW Sustainability website promotes environmental sustainability by engaging and connecting members of the UW community. It serves as a centralized place for UW sustainability efforts, resources, and information.
UW Sustainability sends quarterly newsletters with updates of sustainability projects, programs, and events occurring on campus.
The UW Sustainability office maintains several social media platforms focusing on campus sustainability. These channels highlight sustainability activities on campus, promote sustainability efforts, provide information on sustainable choices and activities and more while engaging and connecting members of the University of Washington community.
These social media channels include:
The "In Our Nature" blog (http://green.uw.edu/blog) containing stories about sustainability at the University of Washington.
A Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UWSustainability) that shares news and events regarding sustainability around campus, including activities such as green certifications and sustainability research by students and faculty.
A Twitter account (https://twitter.com/sustainableUW) that highlights sustainability activities and groups involved with sustainability at the University of Washington, as well as sharing tweets and stories from other accounts relating to UW sustainability.
An Instagram account (http://instagram.com/sustainableuw) to share photos and short video clips highlighting sustainability events, efforts and locations around campus.
A YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/sustainableUW) which shares videos and compiles playlists regarding sustainability at UW.
A Pinterest account (https://www.pinterest.com/sustainableuw/) with boards compiling pages relating to various aspects of sustainability, which can be used as resources by the UW community.
A Google+ page (https://plus.google.com/b/104621188137416571638/) that features articles on sustainability across the University of Washington.
A LinkedIn account (http://linkedin.com/company/university-of-washington-environmental-stewardship-&-sustainability) that features information on sustainability at the University of Washington.
The UW Sustainability office maintains a page for students to share sustainability research projects: http://green.uw.edu/research/student.
Additionally, the College of the Environment maintains a news page (http://environment.uw.edu/news/) which includes stories on the work of the College of the Environment. Each week, the College of the Environment publishes a "Weekly Research" roundup including information on the latest peer-reviewed publications produced by researchers in the college.
Two processes are implemented for green building signage: (1) posted signage in buildings for impacts on the surrounding site area, energy consumption, usage of environmentally preferable materials, indoor environmental quality and water consumptions, and (2) a computer dashboard that is available for communication and education for building users in public locations, as well as provided information to the public via web linkage. http://buildingdashboard.net/washington/#/washington/
Housing and Food Services maintains a website discussing the sustainable dining options available to UW students and gives examples of local, organic and natural foods served: https://www.hfs.washington.edu/sustainabledining/
Additional signage is placed in dining halls providing information on locally sourced foods, organic foods and more. Digital reader boards highlight menu options which are healthy and sustainable, as well as graphics demonstrating where some of our food comes from. Posters of some of the graphics were printed for dining areas without the digital reader boards.
UW Grounds posts signage on trees preserved to maintain wildlife habitat. Additionally, UW Grounds is working with students to create signage describing the compost program on campus; the signs will be placed in several planting beds around campus to educate the community about the benefits of using compost.
Brockman Memorial Tree Tour
About 480 different kinds of trees beautify the U.W. Only twenty-eight are species native on campus. Since before the turn of the century, forestry professors, botanists, gardeners and landscape architects have planted native and non-native trees for decoration and education. The campus community views trees as valuable resources, studies their ecological roles, and admires their fascinating variations and seasonal transformations. This tour introduces you to the great green realm of a campus renowned for its lovely landscape.
UW Sustainability has developed an interactive sustainability map which includes the campus locations of green buildings, compost bins, e-media bins, sustainable dining options, solar panels and other sustainability features of campus including Campus Sustainability Fund projects such as the biodiversity green wall and the bicycle repair stations. The map can be accessed at http://green.uw.edu/map/sustainability to create a self-guided tour of locations.
The Transportation Services' Commute Concierge site offers tools to create personalized commute plans, customized commute information and contact information for UW's commute help desk. In addition, the Commute Concierge site includes links to resources and information on the U-PASS program, walking, biking, carpool/vanpool, transit, carsharing and telework options.
UW Commuter Services Bikespace offers educational videos, seminars, and webinars on bike safety, bicycle maintenance skills, routing information to help you get to campus, and information on where to park your bike on campus.
The Commute Concierge site also offers resources to pedestrians including the StepSmart and NightWalk programs.
Housing and Food Services at the UW provides online resources to assist students in understand all of the options that the department and their living spaces provide to live more sustainably. Information about the building’s green features, how to properly recycle and compost and other tips on how to live more sustainably on campus are available.
Examples of pages with information on green living include:
"The Daily," the main student newspaper at the University of Washington, does not currently have a specific reporter assigned to sustainability, but they cover sustainability issues regularly without a specific reporter assigned.
The UW Sustainability Dashboard is a one-stop shop for information on metrics the University currently gathers in a variety of offices and entities around the Seattle campus in regards to sustainability.
In addition to UW Sustainability's social media channels, many other campus sustainability partners, maintain social media channels pages to stay connected with student environmental groups and individuals interested in learning about UW sustainability efforts through social media.
As an example, some Facebook pages from other organizations at UW that relate to sustainability include (but are not limited to):
UW Campus Sustainability Fund: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UW-Campus-Sustainability-Fund-UWCSF/496191420643
UW Recycling: https://www.facebook.com/UWRecycling
UW College of the Environment: https://www.facebook.com/UWCoEnv
UW Civil & Environmental Engineering: https://www.facebook.com/UWCEE
UW Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest: https://www.facebook.com/packforest
UW Environmental Innovation Challenge: https://www.facebook.com/UWEIC
UW Commuter Commons: https://www.facebook.com/CommuterCommons
UW U-PASS https://www.facebook.com/uwupass
UW Bikespace: https://www.facebook.com/uwbikespace
UW Farm: https://www.facebook.com/UWFarm
UW Green Athletics: https://www.facebook.com/UWgreenathletics
UW Botanic Gardens: https://www.facebook.com/UWBotanicGardens?
Real Food Challenge at UW: https://www.facebook.com/rfcuw
Conservation magazine, published by the University of Washington, explores a diversity of environmental topics, and has won numerous awards and accolades since its founding in 1999 for raising the bar on environmental thinking with a mix of world-class journalism, cutting-edge science, and provocative ideas.
The UW Sustainability office publishes a fact sheet with broad information on UW sustainability history, achievements, and programs. It can be downloaded on the following page: http://green.washington.edu/promote/media-toolkit
The UW Sustainability office produces a Sustainability Brochure, with general information related to various topics of sustainability, such as what the University of Washington is doing in terms of water conservation, energy conservation, and more. This brochure is used as outreach material at various public events, and is also available at the UW's main visitor center.
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