EN 4: Outreach Materials & Publications – version 2.2
Frequently Asked Questions
How has this credit changed from STARS 2.1 to 2.2?
Substantive changes were made. Types of programs and initiatives were consolidated to simplify reporting and minimize duplication with other credits. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the 2.2 Summary of changes.
Does a web page with tips for green living count as a green living guide?
Information and tips on a website is generally not sufficient unless it is marketed specifically as a “green living guide.” The guide referenced in the descriptive response must target students living on or around campus, focusing on comprehensive sustainability issues (e.g., dorm recycling and energy conservation, etc.).
- University of California, Irvine – Includes outreach materials in each area, with detailed and well-organized examples. The green living guide section references an informative student housing sustainability webpage.
- University of Colorado Boulder – Includes outreach materials in each area, with succinct and clear examples. Good reporting example for larger institutions.
Common Issues Identified During Review
- This credit is focused on ongoing outreach efforts. Materials and publications designed to promote a specific event or time-limited campaign are excluded and may be covered by other credits.
- Green Living Guide – Response must reference a guide that targets students living on or around campus, focusing on comprehensive sustainability issues (e.g., dorm recycling and energy conservation, etc.). Information and tips on a website is generally not sufficient if it is not marketed as a “green living guide.”