Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.14
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kirstie Tedrick
Sustainability Coordinator
Housing & 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 59.9% of its total waste stream in the 2019 competition. Scoring in the top 10% of all schools (placing 14 out of 162) and maintained the number 1 highest scoring participant in Colorado.

Apart from the Residence Hall and Apartment Campaign, CSU developed an online sorting game. This game was played by 1,617 students during RecycleMania (zerowastegame.colostate.edu).

This was Colorado State's 13th 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 also across time.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Get Back on the Bike Program

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

The university's Get Back on the Bike Program is an eight month program supporting employees seeking to start riding their bicycle to work. This program was specifically built for interested but concerned employees to receive formal training and support for bike commuting.

Participants of the Get Back on the Bike Program receive an individualized bike traveling training meeting specific to the employee's home address, monthly lunch and learns, a free bike tune up, and bike equipment, in return for riding their bicycle to work throughout the program from September through May.


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

The Get Back on the Bike Program 2018 cohort had 12 employees logging 1,864 bike rides, trips employees otherwise would not have taken without the program. Over 6,700 miles were biked throughout the 8 months, reducing approximately 4,880 pounds of carbon dioxide and saving employees $32,000 dollars.


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:

In Spring 2018, CSU's Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee piloted "Rams Ride Right" to encourage and reinforce positive and lawful biking behavior. By targeting one populous location on campus a day for a span of a week, volunteers rewarded students who were "caught riding right" with donated prizes from local businesses. In Fall 2018, Rams Ride Right grew to target 7 different locations around campus, three days a week, for six weeks. Nearly 200 hours of volunteer time was spent interacting with over 2,200 instances of positive bike riding.


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