Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.15
Liaison Lacey Raak
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Monterey Bay
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Lacey Raak
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning and Development
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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:
No Straw November

A brief description of the campaign:

No Straw November was a partnered program on campus in November 2017 and 2018. CSUMB joined forces with Jr. Ocean Guardians to promote, bring awareness, and reduce the number of plastic straws used by CSUMB students. Paper straws were offered instead of plastic at our Dining Commons, Otter Express, Starbucks, and Library Cafe during this time. This is now permanent practice.

Plastic Free November was also promoted in 2019, with our Single-Use Plastics Campaign.

https://www.instagram.com/csumb_sustainability/


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

Positive impacts included less single use plastic in our campus community and instilling positive behavior changes to reduce the use of single use plastic straws for the rest of the year, not just November. Now all straws are eliminated or compostable.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Single-Use Plastics Campaign

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

In 2019, our campus hosted the single-use plastics campaign with a Dr. Suess theme and single use plastics collected from offices throughout the campus and put on display in the library. Students worked to increase awareness and inspire action regarding single-use plastics. Students collected data regarding how many single-use cups/plastics are sold on campus. Further, students created displays in the library using excess single-use plastic cups (~400 cups) delivered by Arrowhead to our campus. These single-use plastic cups were set to be sent to Arrowhead with a letter asking them to stop sending single use plastic cups.
These displays conveyed how much single-use plastic is being sold, and students also compared this amount to how much it equates to in Sea Otter weight. This campaign encouraged people to bring their own reusable items with catch phrases displayed on posters.

https://www.instagram.com/csumb_sustainability/


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

Led to the removal of single-use plastic throughout the campus. It also identifies where people are still using their single-use plastic cups which allows us to focus efforts on removing single-use plastics there.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Waste Watchers
Waste Watchers is an initiative created by the Sustainability Office to support proper waste sorting habits on campus. CSUMB Sustainability Student Assistants work to correct waste mistakes and educate students on how to correctly sort their waste in the future. This is done through active participation of Student Assistants working around campus near waste receptacles and educating the campus community on waste sorting in the present moment. The education of students of their waste and the monitoring the actual waste has reduced the amount of wrongly sorted waste. Educating and getting the study body familiar with the three bin system will increase the number or correctly sorted waste which will reduce the amount of waste we as a campus are sending to the landfill.

https://csumb.edu/sustainability/landfill-diversion


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