Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

American University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Hannah Debelius
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
ECOlympics 2015

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

FM Zero Waste, FM E&E, and Office of Sustainability co-developed a brand new inter-hall competition program called ECOlympics with the vision of bringing student awareness on waste and energy conservation. This program lasted three weeks and invovled full campus events and engagement.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

Through engagement and education efforts by the ECOlympics team, nearly 19,000 kWh of electricity consumption was reduced during a 3 week competition period. During this period the ECOlympics team verified by rigorous waste audits that AU residence halls achieved an average correct sorting rate of 84% (nearly 3 times the national average)! 84% of waste was correctly recycled or collected in organic waste bins for compost.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Office

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The Green Office program harnesses the power of collective action by engaging faculty and staff throughout the university in sustainability initiatives that meet the goals of AU's strategic plan. Green office encourages sustainability behavior and office policy changes.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Since 2011, nearly forty campus offices and more than 600 staff and faculty have participated. In 2014/15 over 100 staff attended a series of lunch and learn sessions addressing office sustainability, resulting in tangible changes including policies to reduce paper waste, reminders to reduce energy, and practices to increase the reuse of supplies.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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Tons of carbon saved was calculated using the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalency Calculator: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy

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