Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.42
Liaison Darcy Everett
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 P Brian Fisher
CSO/Executive Director
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
CofC Strawless Week

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Organized during the fall semester fo 2018 and timed with a local Strawless Summer campaign, student interns with the Center for Sustainable Development coordinated a CofC Strawless Week on campus. The event served as an outreach initiative for The 71 Percent Project, a project underneath the Center for Sustainability that strives to educate the Cougar campus community about water pollution and the impacts poor water quality has on wildlife and human populations.

To raise awareness for the program, particularly in a coastal community struggling with single-use plastic pollution and municipal recycling, students distributed metal straws and educational materials at the on-campus Starbucks frequented by students, faculty and staff.

Students distributed nearly 1,200 straws and recruited more than 1,170 signatures pledging to move away from using single-use straws. The Center for Sustainable Development was joined by multiple partners, including the Alliance for Planet Earth (student club), the university's Dining Services, Starbucks, Student Government Association, and several local businesses.

The primary student organizer for CofC Strawless Week, Neyle Steadman, would go on to present the successes of and lessons learned from the campus outreach campaign at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education annual conference in 2018.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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