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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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):

Wesleyan's sustainability website aggregates information on student, faculty, staff, and campus-wide sustainability programs and initiatives. It includes sections on getting involved, climate action, academics, building & grounds, dining & food, energy, engagement, health & well-being, planning, purchasing, waste & recycling, transportation, and water.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

A pilot newsletter was distributed to Wesleyan's sustainability committee, SAGES, Sustainability Office interns, and Eco Facilitators in Spring 2015. The Sustainability Office is considering a relaunch for FY 17 in partnership with the Office of University Communications.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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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:

There are Wesleyan Sustainability social media platforms for Facebook (@wesleyansustainability) and Twitter (@sustainablewes), which are updated regularly with campus, community, and global sustainability news, events, and information.


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

While there is not a regular column or sustainability reporter in the main student newspaper, sustainability stories are covered on a regular basis (usually at least 1 per week).


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:

All honors theses, graduate liberal studies (GLS) works (MALS/MPhil), Masters theses, and dissertations are available through the WesScholar platform. These student works are searchable by major.


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 :

Each of Wesleyan's LEED-certified buildings include interior plaques and signage to highlight the building's sustainability features.


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:

Dining halls have signage advertising local items, explanation of the post-consumer composting system, vegan and vegetarian options, and table signage that promote sustainability policies and practices.


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:

The permaculture site in the Butterfields courtyard has explanations of the site plan. The permaculture site in West College courtyard has some limited signage. Signs around campus ask pedestrians to keep off new plantings to reduce plant stress.


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:

On the sustainability website, there is information for commuters on alternative methods of transportation.


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:

The Sustainability Office publishes a sustainability bookmark, sustainability dorm room tips, heating tips, and recycling information sheets for all incoming students. Additionally, there is sustainability-related information in New Student Orientation booklets and sustainability tips in new student packing lists.

The Sustainability Office has also created guides to sustainable living for undergrad and graduate students (see Quick Guides to Sustainability in link below).


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:

Wesleyan has signs next to selected drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations to advertise their sustainability impacts.


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