Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.26
Liaison Cheri Chastain
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2013
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California State University, Chico
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Fletcher Alexander
Sustainability Programs Manager
Institute for Sustainable Development
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Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:

The name of the campaign(s):
Wildcat Sustainability Showdown

A brief description of the campaign(s):

WSS 2013 was a sustainability outreach campaign, centered on a behavioral energy reduction competition, for the 420 residents of Lassen and Shasta Halls. Programs included participation in Campus Conservation Nationals energy reduction competition, launch of an ‘Eco Reps’ environmental ambassadors network, launch of an ‘Eco Dorm Room’ certification program, and facilitation of a launch event and a closing event. Initiative goals include engaging residents in campus sustainability efforts in an interactive and relevant manner, and modeling sustainability programs for University Housing and Food Services.

Campus Conservation Nationals

Shasta and Lassen are two of the residence halls on campus and are mirrored buildings - comparable in size, age, and number of residents. The buildings are metered and during the competition a website was updated with consumption data every five minutes. During the competition, all of the residents of both buildings had access to the tracking website. The competition began with a social event and ran for three weeks. The students were encouraged over that time period to regularly check the website and take as many steps as possible to reduce energy consumption. The hall that had the biggest reduction in electricity consumption from their baseline over the contest period was recognized at our annual This Way to Sustainability Conference and awarded with a pizza party and the Green Cup. Shasta Hall won with a 13.1% reduction over Lassen's 12.3% reduction. Their combined average reduction of 12.7% put Chico State in first place in the PowerSave Campus California CCN League of 10 California Schools.


Eco Reps

The mission of the Eco Reps was "To create and maintain enthusiasm for the residents of your wing in the dorm throughout the 3-week competition. You are the constant encouragement for your dorm's performance in the Campus Conservation Nationals competition. This includes rallying hall mates, providing updated competition information and educating residents on sustainable practices. Along with the CCN competition, sign-ups for multiple events or simply liking our Facebook page could give your dorm additional points." Eco Reps were recruited in advance of the competition and participated in bi-weekly coordination meetings.

Eco Resident Certification

"Hello residents of Shasta and Lassen! SCOOP is extremely proud to launch our ‘Eco-Resident’ Certification this Spring 2013 for the Wildcat Sustainability Showdown Competition. We have designed this certification in hopes of creating a cohesive, meaningful experience for the residents in Shasta and Lassen Halls. We are pleased to offer this simple certification for the residents so that they can apply these skills in their futures and encourage others of the importance of sustainable practices.

WHY should you consider achieving this certification?

•To challenge yourself in this competition and to learn valuable skills that you can teach your peers, friends and family to use in their homes
•To become a leader and to encourage others to lead by your positive example
•So you can show off your award provided by SCOOP that you are a certified ‘Eco-Resident’
•Give yourself a competitive advantage not only in the competition, but in your future!

SCOOP will proudly acknowledge and award those residents that complete a minimum of 10 of the 12 requirements:

1.Sign up for ZimRide.
2.Sign up for ZipCar.
3.Download the City of Chico Bike Map and register your bike at the University Police Department.
4.Install a power strip for major appliances.
5.Commit to only using heat or AC rarely.
6.Utilize reusable water bottles and shopping bags.
7.Dedicate a box for collection of single-sided paper for reuse.
8.Read the 'Green Book' and discuss it with your wing's Eco-Rep.
9.Register for This Way to Sustainability Conference VIII by March 1st, 2013.
10.'Like' the Wildcat Sustainability Showdown on Facebook.
11.Complete the PowerSave Pledge at www.csuchico.edu/powersavegreencampus/
12.Recruit another resident to apply for SCOOP's Eco-Resident Certification.

Applying for this certification is simple and will give you a competitive edge!"


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

12.7% electricity consumption reduction. 3,550 kWh saved, 10,371 gallons of water saved, 900+ discrete interactions across 420 residents.

The website URL where information about the sustainability outreach campaign(s) is available:

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