Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.92
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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Bowdoin College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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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):
Energy Conservation Challenge 2014

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

Every year since 2001, Bowdoin residence halls have competed in an Energy Saving Dorm Competition. This occurs throughout the month of October, where students compete to win prizes for saving more energy than the other buildings in their building category. Bowdoin’s Building Dashboard monitors electricity use for 51 buildings on campus and allows you to track your progress against your competition.


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

From October 1st to the 31st, Bowdoin College saved 1,227 kilowatt-hours and averted 948 pounds of carbon dioxide.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Bowdoin-Colby Energy Challenge 2015

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

In April 2015, Bowdoin and Colby teamed up to create the first annual Bowdoin
v. Colby Energy Dorm Competition. Similar to the campus-wide Energy
Competition which Bowdoin has competed in every October since 2001,
this competition focuses on decreasing energy use in residence halls on
campus and directly competing with our rival, the Colby Mules. This
competition tracks the energy use of 21 Bowdoin dorms and 21 Colby dorms
to see which school is able to reduce their energy consumption the most
over the 3 week competition period.


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

Over the 3 week period, Bowdoin and Colby combined saved 22,448 kilowatt-hours and diverted 17,329 pounds of carbon dioxide. Bowdoin ultimately won the competition with an 8.6% decrease from the baseline data. Colby had a 7% decrease.


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

Bowdoin has been involved in an outreach campaign focused on the college's commitment to be "carbon neutral by 2020" since the plan was established in 2009. Bowdoin's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in FY 2015 were 14,477 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which is 24% lower than the FY 2008 baseline total of 19,153 metric tons. Own-source emissions for FY 2015 were 2,847 metric tons CO2e, or 17%, lower than the 2008 baseline.


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