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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 Silver
Overall Score 52.49
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Utah State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alexi Lamm
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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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 (optional):

The USU sustainability website contains information on sustainability in different areas: curriculum, energy, food, marketing, recycling, research, transportation, water, wellness, and cultural diversity. The website also includes a calendar, graduation pledge, sustainability commitment, downloadable resources, and ways to get involved.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Council emails a monthly newsletter to members of the council and work groups as well as those who have signed up for the list.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

USU Sustainability has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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 the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Statesman has regular coverage of sustainability and a sustainability beat.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce 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:

Every year during Research Week, the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Research holds a symposium and publishes a symposium guide. Additionally, student research on many topics, including sustainability, is frequently posted on Facebook and in weekly Utah State Today digests.


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 :

Interpretive signs were placed on the Logan campus in 2013/2014 with student-funded projects such as a solar algal dryer and water bottle filling stations.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

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

New interpretive signage was designed for Dining Services to publicize the pre-consumer food waste goes to the campus composter in 2014/2015.


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 groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

New interpretive signage was designed in 2014/2015 for select flower beds to publicize the pre-consumer food waste produces the compost in the beds.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The sustainability walking tour map includes locations for wellness, bike share, and outdoor programs as well as locations for native plant gardens, notable LEED certified buildings, healthy food options, diversity services, a campus shuttle stop, and co-generation facilities.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The commuter guide addresses several options for arriving on campus without a private vehicle. It is a work in progress. Print versions became available in 2016, and a website is in development.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

As a part of the commuter guide cyclists can access information on bicycle safety. A bike map is in circulation, and a website is in development.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

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

An online Green Guide is available to students, and an abbreviated guide is available in print.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Extension Sustainability produces fact sheets and provides links to lesson plans, grant opportunities, documentaries, journal articles, and other resources.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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