Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Wendy Olmstead
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Stanislaus
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Wendy Olmstead
Sustainability Coordinator
Capital Planning & Facilities Management
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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?:
No

Name of the campaign:
#StrawlessStan

A brief description of the campaign:

The STRAWS documentary (http://www.strawsfilm.com/) was screened four times per day during the week of September 24-27, 2018 in our main dining facility (approximately 2,000 students move through this venue daily). Tabling was conducted simultaneously to educate and encourage participation in a social media “Strawless Challenge” on Instagram. The social media challenge prize giveaway, designed to communicate the rationale behind eliminating plastic straws—including the problem of the excessive use of disposable plastics that are polluting our oceans and harming marine life—resulted in contact with 900 students.


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

The documentary is available to the campus community via the University Library. We have witnessed a 80% reduction in straw use overall in our dining venues since we removed the plastic straws and provided paper straws only on demand. We maintain a small supply of plastic straws on hand for our community with disabilities, and alternative straws are available for purchase in dining venues. https://www.csustan.edu/sustainability/news-events

This campaign was held in support of, and compliance with, the CSU system-wide plastics policy, effective January 1, 2019, which requires to the maximum extent economically feasible, the
purchase of single-use plastics including plastic straws, plastic water bottles, and plastic bags are eliminated.


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A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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