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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 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Hannah Slodounik
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 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 No
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

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

The Wake Forest sustainability website is maintained by the Office of Sustainability's Program Coordinator. The website serves as a central hub for all internal and external sustainability-related resources.


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

Office of Sustainability staff and interns convert content from the website into a monthly electronic sustainability newsletter. This newsletter reaches over 980 subscribers each month.

The Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability also sends out a regular newsletter to 452 subscribers.


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

The Office of Sustainability uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr as platforms to engage students, faculty, staff and visitors in campus sustainability news and events.


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:

The Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES), promotes critical thinking and effective action across the fields of renewable energy, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, environmental policy, human behavior, social influence, enterprise, and environmental markets. They publish research in the fields of renewable energy, biodiversity conservation, and the human dimensions of sustainability.

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center (URECA) promotes undergraduate research and creative activity across Wake Forest. The center facilitates collaboration between undergraduates and faculty, provides venues for publicizing research results, and maintains a record of undergraduate scholarly activity.

Undergraduate research is promoted through the annual undergraduate research fair: http://college.wfu.edu/ureca/research-day-2013.


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 :

The Wake Forest University Indoor Golf Facility features signage detailing the highlights of the building's LEED Gold certification. In addition, interactive building dashboards describe the sustainable building features of South Residence Hall, Byrum Welcome Center, Magnolia Residence Hall, Dogwood Residence Hall, and North Dining Hall. They also allow occupants and visitors to track water and energy consumption by floor and by hall in the residence hall.


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:

Wake Forest's main dining hall features signage designating locally produced and processed food as well as "dietician's choices." Table tents in both Fresh Food Company and North Dining Hall also explain various sustainable aspects including food waste reduction, composting, and local food vendors.


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 monarch waystation located by Winston Hall is labeled with signage, noting recognition by Monarch Watch.

Signs are posted along Reynolda Village Trail to inform visitors about the invasive plant eradication that is in progress.


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:

The Sustainability Walking Map was created by faculty affiliated with the WFU Humanities Institute. The map features existing learning labs, designated LEED facilities, and ongoing initiatives.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

The Office of Sustainability's website includes information about university-provided shuttles, city transportation, and the Zipcar car-sharing program.

The Parking and Transportation office hosts information, on its smartphone application and on its website, about all of the shuttles available to commuters, as well as information about the carpool program at http://parking.wfu.edu/alternative-modes-of-transportation/.


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

The Wake Forest University Green Guide is a guide to sustainable living on campus. This guide provides information ranging from sustainability related courses offered to book recommendations, activities on and around campus, restaurant suggestions, and much more.


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:

Coverage of sustainability-related news and events in The Old Gold & Black, Wake Forest's student newspaper, is featured on a monthly basis. There is not a specific reporter or column designated solely to sustainability, though Journalism students have one dedicated sustainability-related writing assignment each year, resulting in excellent coverage of events, campaigns, and topical issues.


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):

Sustainability-related news is regularly featured on the public radio station housed at the university, WFDD. SciWorks Radio, a joint creation of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, is a weekly feature that looks at the role science plays in our lives. In this module, everything from regional geology to regenerative medicine is explored.


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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 (2nd material):

The Office of Sustainability hosts a campus sustainability listserv through which staff members distribute a weekly sustainability update to 716 subscribers. The update covers campus and community events related to sustainability.


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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 Office of Sustainability sends a regular Green Team Weekly e-publication to captains in the faculty/staff peer education network. Captains distribute this e-publication to members of their departments as is appropriate given departmental communication protocols. The publication covers campus and community events related to sustainability.


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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.