Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Champlain College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Christina Erickson
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning
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Has the institution held at least one 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 at least one 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:
Kill-A-Watt Challenege

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

Starting in 2011, and continuing presently, Champlain College residential halls compete to reduce electricity usage each February. The winner of the competition is determined by the hall that has the largest percentage reduction of electricity over baseline consumption, as well as the highest rate of participation in various events on campus and within the residence halls. The aim of this competition is to raise student awareness regarding electricity conservation and related behaviors in Champlain College residence halls. The Challenge is a collaborative project between the Center for Service and Sustainability and Residential Life.

The winning hall is awarded $500 to spend on (decided by residential hall): pizza party, ice cream party, energy efficient appliance for building, etc. The savings from the electric bills are also transferred to Financial Aid.


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

In 2018, there was an average of 15% decrease in electrical usage across participating buildings. Using a simplified formula (with a base of $.12/kwh) it was calculated that Champlain saved over $990 worth of electricity during the two weeks in February. These savings will be transferred to student scholarships this year. Sadly, in 2019 we saw an actual increase of electrical usage (7%) in participating buildings. This is the first time since the program's inception that usage has increased.

Information on past years can be found at www.champlain.edu/KAW


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Room Certification

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

Outreach program for students: Certified Green Room
Champlain College Eco-Reps designed the Green Room Certification to give recognition to students living a sustainable lifestyle on campus. There are two levels of recognition that increase in difficulty and points. By noting all the actions that apply to a student and their room, they can reach Basic or Platinum certification (Platinum requires a visit from a Eco-Rep) and receive increasing levels of acknowledgment.


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

In 2013-2014: 11 platinum certified; 13 basic certified
In 2014-2015: 20 platinum certified; 47 basic certified
In 2015-2016: 2 platinum certified; 42 basic certified
In 2017-2018: 19 platinum certified; 29 basic certified
In 2018-2019: 5 platinum certified; 9 basic certified


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

Launched in February 2016, the Center for Service & Sustainability the student Eco-Reps designed the Green Workplace Certification to give recognition to Champlain employees’ efforts in creating a more environmentally friendly work environment. There are two levels that increase in difficulty and points. By evaluating all the actions that apply to you and your individual workspace you can reach Basic Certification or Platinum certification, based on responses to applicable questions, and receive increasing levels of acknowledgment. Platinum level requires a brief visit from an Eco-Rep. http://www.champlain.edu/greenoffice

In Spring 2019, Champlain College hosted the Conscious College Road Tour, a national effort of the Turning Green organization. Over 100 students, faculty, and staff engaged in this event. https://turninggreen.org/programs/conscious-campus-road-tour/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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