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Liaison Amy Spark
Submission Date April 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Bow Valley College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Yes

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

Name of the campaign:
Four-stream Waste Diversion Program (employees)

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

In October 2016, a new waste collection program was introduced to all Bow Valley College downtown campus buildings. We moved away from single garbage and recycling receptacles, to four-stream sorting stations (mixed recycling, bottles & cans, organics, and landfill). Sorting stations were placed in all areas of the campus, including staff offices, staff rooms, and food preparation areas. Individual garbage cans were removed from offices and cubicles across the campus. In addition, a well-labelled bin for battery and pen recycling was placed in each office. Vinyl gloves and IV bags from our Practical Nursing Program began to be collected and recycled. Staff were informed before, during, and after the campaign with progress announcements and waste diversion rate updates. This education and waste diversion is ongoing today.


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

Prior to implementing our four-stream and specialized recycling programs, Bow Valley College had a waste diversion of 19%. Less than two years after implementing the program, our waste diversion rate had risen to 76%. We continue to strive for higher and higher rates.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Four-stream Waste Diversion Program (students)

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

The same waste diversion program introduced into staff spaces was also introduced into our public and student spaces. There are no individual garbage cans in any of our classrooms, forcing students to sort their waste as they leave the classroom. Students are trained on proper waste sorting at orientation events and booths, and periodic reminders are sent through student newsletters social media, and on-site TVs. Students can also recycle batteries and pens at the Students' Association and Library.


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

Our waste diversion went from 19% to 76% in less than two years.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
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A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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