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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 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Wells College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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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 website for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment is the repository for information about Wells College's sustainability efforts in curricular and research areas, in campus operations, and campus and community outreach efforts.


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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The WellSpring newsletter is a quarterly newsletter offering information of general campus interest about sustainability matters, as well as specific content in the areas of curriculum, operations, and outreach. The PDF version of the newsletter can be accessed from the Sustainability home page.


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:

Wells Center for Sustainability and the Environment FACEBOOK page provides information about Center activities as well as general campus sustainability news.

WellsSust Center TWITTER feed (https://twitter.com/WellsSustCenter)


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?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

We do not have a student newspaper.


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

Each semester, the Office of Experiential Learning and Career Services hosts an Internship Fair, for which all interns from the semester (or summer or winter intercession) semester prepare a poster and are on hand to answer questions. Many of these internships and research projects are related to sustainability (and if so, are also highlighted in the WellSpring sustainability newsletter). In addition, the Long Library archives student senior thesis papers.


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 :

In the newly-renovated Zabriskie Hall, the Center for Sustainability and the Environment provides information in its sustainability classroom (that is used for other classes and is the destination for campus tours), we have posted information about the sustainability features of the project.


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:

In our dining hall dish room, we have signage that clearly identifies how to separate compostable food waste from landfill trash from recyclable materials from reusable serviceware. In addition, there are labels on the sneezeguard over each pan in the entree/sides cases that identify whether a food contains meat or is vegetarian or vegan.

The GRIND, the student-run coffee house, highlights their offering of fair trade certified coffees.


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:

In Summer/Fall 2015, to support educational activities during our annual Peachtown Native American Festival, along a public walkway, we created a special Three Sisters Planting demonstration (commingled corn, beans and squash plants, as per indigenous Iroquois gardening practice) and we labeled the planting with informational signage about the demonstration. We also provided individual plant labels in a newly developed herb garden. We also provided informational signage about the new raised bed gardens designed and constructed by the Introduction to Gardening classes.


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?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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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:

Wells College is in the village of Aurora which does not have transit service available.
Wells College offers shuttle van service from campus to Ithaca and Auburn for shopping and to connect to bus and airline service. Students can utilize the shuttle service for free, but have to proactively reserve their ride.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
No

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

We created a printed guide for resident students on how to live more sustainably. A hard copy of this guide was issued to all incoming students at check-in.


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

A brief description of these materials or publications:

We create monthly Installment mini-newsletters that we place inside bathroom stalls to convey sustainability-related news and information. The link to current and past issues of the Installments can be viewed on the Sustainability website.


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