Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.34
Liaison Mary Whitney
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Chatham University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Mary Whitney
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:
RecycleMania

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

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. Chatham University has been participating in this competition since 2007.


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

1. Motivate students and staff to increase recycling and composting efforts and reduce waste generation overall.
2. Generate participation and support for campus recycling and composting programs through initiatives such as Project Greensleeves, reusable coffee cup sleeve program.
3. Encourage faculty and staff to measure and benchmark recycling activity in their effort to improve our waste minimization percentages on all three of Chatham's campuses.
4. Chatham University won the 2015 RecycleMania MyActions 3R Challenge for the small schools division, as well as winning 4th in composting, and 11th in waste minimization with a 66% diversion.


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

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

The Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) enables businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and colleges/universities to participate in a friendly competition where they can receive due recognition for their sustainable actions and achievements. Actions that demonstrate measurable change provide organizations with a baseline for comparison in the future. Consequently, the challenge includes a number of measurable and verifiable actions for participants to implement, which results in earning points.


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

1. Institutional and city-wide carbon reductions, water saved, and alternative transportation utilized.
2. Engage faculty and staff in Chatham's waste minimization and alternative transportation goals.
3. Join together with other local colleges/universities, businesses, non profit organizations, and city officials to brainstorm and implement sustainability best practices.


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:

EcoChallenge: Students and faculty committed to one sustainable action during a two-week period that was tracked online and frequent updates were shared amongst participants to encourage committing to a sustainable behavior change.

Earth Hour: Students, staff, and faculty pledge to participate in international Earth Hour celebration by committing to turning off power for one hour. Chatham has been recognized as a leader in this initiative by the City of Pittsburgh.


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