Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.21
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date July 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cleveland State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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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:
Battery Recycling

A brief description of the campaign:
Battery recycling bins were placed in 24 lobbies and common areas across campus. The bins were purchased with a Recycling Container Grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. Acceptable batteries include: Alkaline, Lithium-ion (Li-ion), Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), Lithium Primary, Carbon Zinc, button and coin cell batteries, laptop batteries, all rechargeable batteries, and all cell phones.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Limited battery recycling was available through EHS from 2015-2017. Placement of clearly labeled battery recycling bins across campus have allowed students, faculty and staff to bring in batteries from home. The quantity of batteries recycled is increasing annually as can be seen in the figures below. 2015 = 63 lbs 2016 = 242 lbs 2017 = 620 lbs 2018 = 1670 lbs 2019 = 2863 lbs The batter recycling containers and labels can be seen here: https://www.csuohio.edu/sustainability/waste-and-recycling#batteries

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Event Guide

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Event Guide: A Guide to Reducing Waste at Meetings, Conferences and Events The CSU Office of Sustainability developed this guide to help event planners reduce waste through source reduction, recycling, and composting. It is designed to be a resource for a wide variety of events, whether big or small. It offers a checklist of suggestions for reducing waste in the following areas: Communication and Promotion Food and Catering Waste and Recycling Giveaways and Promotions Other ideas

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Event planners report using the guide to source sustainable giveaways for campus events, to reduce food waste, and to reuse promotional materials more than they would have in the past. Use of compostable tableware has increased exponentially on the CSU campus thanks to a partnership with event planners and the Dining and Catering team. https://www.csuohio.edu/sustainability/green-event-guide

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
Take the Stairs The Office of Sustainability has partnered with VikeHealth and Well-Being to offer points for faculty and staff who choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Employees can earn 75 or 150 VikeHealth points for commitments of four or eight weeks. Signs and reminders about the health and environmental benefits of taking the stairs instead of the elevator have been placed around campus. Choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator can provide numerous health benefits including improved cardiovascular health, reduced cholesterol levels and increased muscular strength. Taking the stairs also burns calories and assists in weight management. And, when fewer people use elevators, stair use can also contribute to a reduction in building energy consumption! https://www.csuohio.edu/sustainability/take-stairs Green Move-in Guide The Green Move-in Guide was developed to send to new CSU students before they arrive in the dorms. It sends the message that students can help us to reduce our impact on the environment. The Green Move-in Guide includes tips for packing and how to green your lifestyle on campus. https://www.csuohio.edu/sustainability/green-move-in-guide-0 Holiday Energy Saving Guide On weekends and holidays, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to consider energy conservation through a targeted email message and campaign. The Holiday Energy Saving Guide was developed to offer a clear checklist of ways to conserve energy while away from campus. https://www.csuohio.edu/sustainability/holiday-energy-saving-checklist

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