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Liaison Barbara Kviz
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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Carnegie Mellon University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Barbara Kviz
Environmental Coordinator
Facilities Management Services
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
Campus Conservation Nationals

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the first nationwide electricity and
water reduction competition on college and university campuses. The goal of the event is to motivate thousands of students to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The national challenge has a collective goal to reduce electricity consumption by one gigawatt-hour!

Carnegie Mellon has signed up for their three-week competition in February, to reduce energy use in campus residence halls for the last 3 years.

We started with 9 buildings in 2013 for the contest and are up to 13 buildings in 2015.
Boss, Doherty, Donner, Hamerschlag, Henderson, Margaret Morrison Apts, McGill, Mudge, Resnik/West Wing, Shirley, Scobell, Stever, and Welch Hall.

Each house has electricity use measured to see who can save the most. The winning house received a pizza party.

A daily data snapshot could be viewed on the CCN contest dashboard and also live data can be viewed on the Carnegie Mellon dashboard.

Energy saving tips were distributed:

-Turn off electronic equipment and lights when not in use
-Turn off your computer before going to bed
-Use energy saving functions on your computer
-Use smart power strips
-Make an effort to purchase energy star products
-Unplug items not being used (cell phone chargers, appliances, etc).
Even though these items are not being used, they still draw electricity when
plugged in

-Install energy efficient lights and fans to re-circulate heated or cooled air
-Run your washing machine when fully loaded, use cold water
-Clear the lint filter after every load
-Set the temperature of your fridge for only as cold as needed


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

2013 Results;
Hamerschlag House reduced electricity by 6% during the contest and was the 1st place winner of the pizza party. Carnegie Mellon students saved 3,249 Kilowatt-hours (kWh), averted 3,951 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) and saved $292 dollars.

Hamerschlag House 6.0% reduction
Scobell 3.4%
Stever 2.9%
Boss 2.5%
Mudge 2.2%
McGill .3%
Donner 0%
Henderson –2.3%
Welch -2.5%


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Scotty Goes Green Office Certification Program

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

The Scotty Goes Green Program engages Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff in a voluntary, self-guided initiative that promotes a high standard for environmental practices at Carnegie Mellon. The program supports and promotes offices that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. A series of checklists and tools will guide you through three levels of certification. The program operates through a network of Green Workplace representatives in workplaces across campus.

The goals of the program are to:
*Engage faculty and staff in activities that will help to make CMU a leader in campus sustainability
*Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability
*Educate participants about how and why to take action
*Support the Pittsburgh Climate Action plan
*Further integrate sustainability into campus culture
*Conserve water, save energy, minimize waste and save money
*Promote campus policies that support sustainability


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

Since its launch on Sept 2, 2014 over 500 people signed onto the program within 33 administrative & academic departments.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:

Carnegie Mellon University has participated annually in RecycleMania for 11 years, to benchmark the university's recycle efforts and educate the students about waste minimization.


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