Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Connecticut State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Daniel Simpson
Environmental Intern
Institute for Sustainable Energy
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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:
Warriors Don't Waste

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

Since 2012 Eastern Connecticut State University has been reducing the amount of waste entering the dormitory trash cans during spring student move out with the ‘Warriors Don’t Waste’ program. Collaborating with local community organizations, Eastern has been able to donate a large number of items, including clothing, furniture, and non-perishable items. In order to determine the value of items the Salvation Army's valuation guide was consulted as well as notes from the Center for Community Engagement. Price amounts were taking from the lower side of the ranges because most of the donated goods were not high quality.


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

On average $2,915 worth of items are donated each year with that number increasing with each year of the program.


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

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

The Green Campus Committee helped create a series of videos and outreach materials directed at the faculty and staff at Eastern to familiarize them with the single-stream recycling program and encourage its use. Outreach pamphlets and online videos are coupled with signage in all classrooms, faculty staff rooms and offices to clarify and encourage the recycling program.


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

In 2014 (the year before Eastern's Recycling Program began) the total waste sent to landfill versus waste diverted through recycling (by weight) was 94.7% landfill to 5.3% recycling. In 2017-18 Eastern's waste sent to landfill versus waste diverted through recycling ratio was 72.0% landfill to 28.0% recycling (by weight). That is an increase in the recycling on campus of over 20%!


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:

Each year the residence halls compete for the Warrior cup for the best residence hall. One competition involves residence halls competing to see which hall can conserve the most energy. The dorm that has the greatest percent decrease in energy use compared to their baseline months of energy usage wins the competition.
In 2017 the winning dorm (Noble Hall) reduced its energy consumption by 15.3%. Dropping their weekly energy usage from ~17500 kWh to ~15000 kWh. Five other dorms also decreased their energy use by more than 10%.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This information was added based on information provided by staff of ISE as well as information about residence halls competitions from Josh Sumrell and LaMar Coleman.
Information on ECSU recycling program, 2014 info from Willimantic Waste, 2017 from waste audits of all trash and recycling dumpsters on Campus conducted by the Institute for Sustainable Energy from June 2017 through May 2018.

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