Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 39.55
Liaison Jaclynn Maahs
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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Concordia College - Moorhead
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Samantha Westrate
Sustainability Coordinator
Academic Affairs
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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:
Campus Conservation Nationals, It's ELECTRIC!

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

In April 2013, Concordia College held its first energy-conservation competition as part of Campus Conservation Nationals. At the time, only a couple of residence halls were sub-metered for electricity consumption, and could compete on a quantitative level. Other residents were engaged in other ways, such as submitting photographs of various actions. Student Eco-Representatives were the main force behind the initiative and encouraged participation within their halls. All halls have since been metered and EcoReps have continued hosting and participating in Campus Conservation Nationals. In 2015, Concordia placed the top 10 the largest overall percent reduction of electricity produced.


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

Measurably, 2,992 kWh was saved over the duration of the first energy competition, although only two residence halls were set up for measurement at that time. Since that time halls have continued participating in the competition, creating an overall decrease in energy. In 2015, The campus saved a total of 24,188 kWh over the course of the competition. Also, the EcoReps have chosen to focus on student behavior and engagement. EcoReps table in the student center and have students write out a pledge action and take a picture with it.


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

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

The Office of Sustainability created the Green Office Program in the fall of 2016. The program includes both faculty and staff. The Green Office Program will help each office on their path to sustainability by equipping offices with sustainability resources and materials, by outlining actions each office can achieve, and acknowledging hard work and success through certifications. Each office appoints a Green Office Representative (GO Rep) to be the main contact person and peer educator within the group.


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

Over 200 employees are actively participating in the Green Office Program along with several employees that are educated about the program while not officially signed up. There are at least 30 GO Reps within the program.


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 2017, the Office of Sustainability partnered with Clay County Solid Waste and their GreenCorps member to conduct a waste audit with a target educational campaign. The project focused on the administration building. An initial waste audit was conducted in the early spring with a week's worth of waste. Education material was then emailed out to all staff and posted near the waste areas. A follow-up waste audit was conducted to see the overall impact. The amount of recyclables in the waste decreased over the project, however the overall weight of waste increased.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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