Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Emory University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Taylor Spicer
Programs Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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:
Energy Awareness Campaign and Reduction Competition

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

Campus-wide energy reduction campaigns are organized each October by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Campus Services. A prize goes to three buildings with the greatest reduction of energy use in comparison with October in the previous year. Outreach efforts include articles and posters, banners around campus, signs near elevators, etc. The campaign and competition includes administrative buildings, classroom buildings, and residence halls.

In 2016, weekly themes helped to make the competition even more interactive. Actions, such as ‘turn off lights when you leave,’ ‘take the stairs,’ 'turn off your computer or put it in sleep mode' and ‘destroy vampire loads’ were dissminated through social media, a weekly newsletter and through a small number of flyers.


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

The total energy reduction among buildings between October 2015 and October 2016, the Energy Competition and Awareness Campaign months, amounted to 274,945 kWh of electricity. In terms of CO2 emissions, there was a 193 metric ton reduction from these buildings compared to 2015.


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

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

Each year, Emory Recycles and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives organize a recycling competition between all buildings, and award a $3,000 prize for the winner to spend on a project to reduce landfill waste from the building. The winner is determined as the building with the greatest increase in recyclables and compostables by weight between the current and last November.


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

In 2016, the Cox Hall was the winner of the Emory Building Recycling Competition. The school increased its overall recycling and composting by 6,890 pounds between November 2015 and November 2016, diverting a total of 9,690 pounds from the landfill during the month.


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:

Zero Landfill Waste Commencement:
Beginning during Emory's 2010 Commencement and continuing in all years since, College and professional school Commencement events are organized as zero landfill waste events. Emory Recycles provides equipment for composting and recycling to help graduates, guests, faculty, and staff place their waste in the proper containers. A number of events have volunteers at their waste stations to help keep compostable and recyclable materials out of the landfill and to educate guests about the zero landfill waste event. This effort has become so successful that it is difficult to measure the number of events that are zero landfill waste or the landfill diversion rate! Commencement Ad found here: https://www.emory.edu/commencement/guide.pdf

Don't Dump It, Donate It!:
This event is coordinated by Emory Recycles in partnership with Housing, Facilities Management and the RHA Sustainability Chairs. This drive gives students an opportunity to donate items such as clothes, bedding, or furniture they no longer have use for to local Atlanta charities. During the 2016 drive, the campus diverted 231,000 pounds (116 tons) of donated items from the landfill and raised $1,539.00 for the charity selected by College Council, To Write Love On Her Arms, which supports men and women with issues of self-abuse, anxiety, depression and addiction.

The Green Office program is a voluntary program where participating offices and departments are given tools and training for making more sustainable decisions and changing behavior. More information can be found here: http://sustainability.emory.edu/page/1069/Green-Offices

The Green Lab program is a voluntary program where participating labs are given tools, training, and are eligible for funding to support more sustainable purchasing and behaviors. More information can be found here: http://sustainability.emory.edu/page/1067/Green-Labs


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data reported for 2015-2016 academic year.

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