Outreach Materials and Publications

For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does occasional news coverage in the student paper count for this credit?

In order to earn points for Student Newspaper Coverage, there must be regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat. Occasional news stories in the student paper are not sufficient.

Can general student research publications count for this credit?

Response under Student Research Publication must reference a sustainability-focused research publication or other written material, not general student research support, which is covered under the Research subcategory.

Can sustainable food and dining programs be counted for this credit?

In order to earn points for Sustainable Food Systems Information, the response must reference signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems. Reporting on initiatives isn’t sufficient and is covered in the Food & Dining credits.

Can sustainable grounds programs be counted for this credit?

Reporting on sustainable grounds programs and initiatives isn’t sufficient and is covered in the Grounds credits. The descriptive response must reference signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed.

Can programs and initiatives related to sustainable transportation be counted for this credit?

Reporting on sustainable transportation initiatives isn’t sufficient and is covered in the Transportation credits. Response for Guide for Commuters must reference a published guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation. Response for Materials for Cyclists and Pedestrians must reference published navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Does a webpage 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.).

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Sustainability Newsletter – Response must reference an actual newsletter (as opposed to a section of a website, which is covered elsewhere under this credit).
  • Student Newspaper Coverage – Response must reference a student newspaper. There must be regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat. Occasional news stories in the student paper, or a news outlet that is not student run are not sufficient.
  • Student Research Publication – Response must reference a sustainability-focused research publication or other written material, not general student research support, which is covered under the Research subcategory.
  • Green Buildings Signage – Response must reference building signage that highlights green building features.
  • Sustainable Food Systems Information – Response must reference signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems. Reporting on initiatives isn’t sufficient and is covered in the Food & Dining credits.
  • Sustainable Grounds Signage – Response must reference signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed. Reporting on initiatives isn’t sufficient and is covered in the Grounds credits.
  • Guide for Commuters – Response must reference a published guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation. Reporting on initiatives isn’t sufficient and is covered in the Transportation credits.
  • Materials for Cyclists and Pedestrians – Response must reference published navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians. Reporting on initiatives isn’t sufficient and is covered in the Transportation 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.”

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