Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.69
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 8, 2013
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Cornell University
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Lisa James
Manager of Facilities Operations
Student & Academic Services
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Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:

The name of the campaign(s):
Compete 2 Reduce

A brief description of the campaign(s):

The Compete 2 Reduce campaign was held February and March 2012 and included Recyclemania, a competition between hundreds of U.S. and Canadian universities to see which can reduce its waste stream most by composting and recycling. The other contest was Campus Conservation Nationals, a countrywide competition between and within schools to conserve the most water and energy. The campaigns included tabling events, recycled art contests, logo contests, outreach videos, trivia nights, dance parties, award ceremonies, and barbeques all designed to engage the broadest possible audience.

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

Overall in energy Cornell:
-Saved $9,952
-Prevented 56,421 lbs Co2 from being released into the atmosphere.
- Saved 663 kilowatt hours over the course of the event
- the winning residence hall reduced their energy use by 24.3% during the competition

In recycling, Cornell achieved a 34% recycling rate during the competition and collected 33,569 lbs of electronics to be recycled.

The website URL where information about the sustainability outreach campaign(s) is available:

An additional outreach campaign was the Take Back the Tap effort to reduce bottled water use on campus. After several years of student effort a student, staff, faculty task force was created by the president to develop an action plan. The plan is available at http://www.sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/initiatives/take-back-the-tap

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