Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.49
Liaison Julia Angstmann
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Butler University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jamie Valentine
Assistant Director CUES
Biological Sciences
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Has the institution held a 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 a 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:
Composting project

A brief description of the campaign:
In spring 2021, students in the Sustainability Practicum class focused on food waste conducted food waste audits in Atherton, the main dining hall used by students, faculty, and staff for two weeks. These students also spent an additional two weeks in the dining hall to educate diners on proper composting, taking less food, eating everything on your plate, environmental issues in the food system, and other aspects to minimize food waste. Students and staff completed surveys in-person and via a social media campaign on CUES Instagram and Facebook pages.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
This project resulted in the funding and placement of permanent post-consumer compost bins in Atherton, the main dining hall.

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Campus Race to Zero Waste

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A work study student with the CUES lead the Campus Race to Zero Waste campaign in 2020/21 to engage students and employees in recycling, waste minimization, and zero waste principles. This student developed a social media campaign, posters, and took students on a tour of our local recycling facility. Additionally, this student mapped out the locations of all the recycling/landfill stations on campus and recommended an alternative layout with increased visibility to promote more recycling and decrease contamination.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Based on the work of this student, Butler is implementing new bin placement and an increase in recycling/landfill stations across academic buildings on campus. Currently, only landfill bins are in classrooms and as a result of this project, they will be removed and students and staff will be encouraged to use the more visible recycling stations. This will result in increased recycling and awareness of the campus community on proper recycling procedure.

Staff from the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) were also invited to present in a faculty/staff webinar about recycling and zero waste. The CUES also presented to the Presidents' Cabinet about the project and to gain support.

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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