Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.56
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
4.00 / 4.00 Tim Broderick
Senior Sustainability Coordinator
Housing and Dining Services
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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 an 8-week competition of colleges and universities to promote waste reduction on their campuses. The goal is to collect the highest amount of recyclables, the least amount of trash, and achieve the highest recycling rate. In addition to the national competition, an internal competition is held between the residence halls and university apartments. The coveted traveling RecycleMania trophy is awarded to the hall and apartment complex with the highest per capita recycling rate.


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

Colorado State diverted 59.89% of its total waste stream in the 2016 competition, this is a 10% increase as compared to 2014. Scoring in the top 25% of all schools (placing 18 out of 209) and maintained the number 1 highest scoring participant in Colorado.

Apart of the Residence Hall and Apartment Campaign CSU developed an online recycling game. This game was played by 759 students during RecycleMania.

This was Colorado State's tenth year in the competition and rates from every year show that CSU recycles more and sends less to the landfill - demonstrating not only measured positive impacts each year, but across time.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Faces of Conservation

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

CSU building occupants are encouraged to participate in the CSU Faces of Conservation energy challenge. This challenge is offered and managed by the Campus Energy Coordinator housed in CSU’s Facilities Management. Through the years of this program, CSU faculty, staff and students have showed an impressive dedication and commitment to energy and resource conservation. One person at a time made a conscious decision to help save energy and resources. These are the results of a CSU community committed and caring. They turned off lights in empty rooms, turned off office equipment when it wasn’t in use (at night or over the weekend), eliminated equipment they didn’t really need, and each person acted as a Face of Conservation. Little acts added together make a BIG difference.


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

Here are the results from 6 buildings that started participating in the program in 2013. These buildings:
• Are home to over 350 CSU faculty and staff
• Reduced electricity consumption an average of 10% (As compared to a 3-year average)
• Saved over 279,000 kWh of electricity (this is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 33 average homes in Fort Collins)
• This conservation saved CSU over $18,000
• This conservation avoided burning 106 tons of coal
In every case, once a building participates in the Faces of Conservation effort – electricity consumption persists at a rate lower than before the challenge – the habits stick and a new culture of conservation is adopted by building occupants. Participation is ongoing and dependent on the building voluntarily joining the effort.


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:

Programs offered by the Alternative Transportation Manager in coordination with the CSU Bicycle Advisory Committee (and sometimes the City of Fort Collins) include:
• Bike to Work Day – a biannual event to encourage people to bicycle for transportation, experience the benefits of riding a bike, highlight Fort Collins’ extensive bike routes, and demonstrate that bicycling is an easy, fun and healthy means of traveling around the city
• Bike to Breakfast – three days in September to encourage riding to work
• Back on the Bike – designed to get more people in active transportation and physical activity
• National Bike Challenge – an online logging center for users to record miles ridden and compete with other riders all over the country. But the National Bike Challenge is so much more than that. It is a community of people who all share a love of riding bikes
Each of these campaigns contribute toward decreasing single occupancy vehicle trips to campus and increasing the bicycle friendly culture of CSU.


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