Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Tom Hartzell
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Andrea Lubberts
Program Manager
Biology & Plaster Creek Stewards
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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?:

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?:

Name of the campaign:

A brief description of the campaign:

Students “DREAM” (Dorm Room Environmental Awareness Movement) certify their rooms by eliminating extra appliances, unplugging cords not in use, having plants, or using natural light instead of electricity. Students, faculty, and staff also participated in “Lifestyle Challenges”, trying out a new sustainable habit like going without cars, meat, dryers, bottled drinks, or room refrigerators for all of interim.

Here is a link to an article in the student-run Newspaper, Chimes, about the 2017 Kill-a-Watt kickoff:

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

Killawatt has been an annual event since 2008. It is held every January and students, faculty, and staff are also included in the campaign.

Kill-a-watt 2019 Review:
Throughout Interim, Residence Hall student leaders collaborated with partners across campus to offer “Kill-a- watt”, a creation-care awareness program and energy contest. During Kill-a-watt 2019, 396 students signed up for “Lifestyle Challenges”, committing to practice new sustainable lifestyle habits for Interim: such as going without red meat, taking shorter showers, or using public transit. Also, 341 students “DREAM certified” their rooms using an online assessment tool which encouraged more sustainable living practices. Hundreds of students attended Kill-a-Watt-related events like floor creation-care focused bible studies, events in each of the 7 residence halls, a guided hike at the Nature Preserve, Before the Flood documentary showing, the William Powers and Mary Robinson January Series talks, and the Creation-Care campus-wide Chapel. The month concluded with a Kill-a-watt finale, where around 100 students gathered to make their own sustainable laundry detergent and toothpaste, swap clothing, and listen to creation-themed poetry. Also in 2019, 57 faculty/staff members and several off-campus and KE students also participated in the sustainable Lifestyle challenges. The winning residence hall received sustainable prizes for each coffee kitchen: earth friendly dish soap and dish wand, reusable shopping bags, reusable straws, travel eating utensils, and produce savers. At the conclusion of Interim, an assessment survey was distributed, and students were given information about sustainability student organizations, and challenged to get involved. Students were also challenged to integrate their new sustainable lifestyle practices into their everyday lives.

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF)

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

The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) is a revolving fund used to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions on campus. Plus, the cost savings from CERF projects are routed back into the fund for five years after project payoff—thereby growing the fund to support future projects. Project ideas are solicited from students, faculty, and alumni. The ideas are vetted by CERF student interns and the Environmental Stewardship Committee (staff and faculty governance).

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

The quarterly report contains the measured positive impacts: https://calvin.edu/support/energy/images/CERFQuarter3Report2018.pdf?language_id=1

Lifetime CERF Savings (as of June 2019)
Energy Savings (kWh) 3,772,009
Water Savings (gal) 7,290,335
Natural Gas Savings (MMBtu) 5,080.17
CO2 Savings (metric tons) 2870.48
Cost Savings $378,711.81

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Here is a link to Calvin's main sustainability web page.


This information was gathered through interviews with Dr. Gail Heffner and emails to Becki Simpson, Dean of Residence Life (Kill-a-Watt), and Adam Marquardt, a CERF employee.

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