Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.81
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida Gulf Coast University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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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? :

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?:

Name of the campaign:

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

“RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more.”

RecycleMania is spearheaded by Student Government’s Executive Cabinet Director of Sustainability who typically appoints a dedicated RecycelMania Coordinator. This coordinator works with the Physical Plant, Environmental Health & Safety, the Athletics Department and faculty members to coordinate service-learning opportunities for educational outreach and takes the necessary measurements during the competition.

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

FGCU has participated in RecycleMania since 2010 (2011 for Per Capita Classic). Their final results by year are as follows:

2016-placed 158th out of 269 recycling 8.2lbs. per capita
2015-placed 38th out of 307 recycling 24lbs. per capita
2014-placed 36th out of 341 recycling 24.2lbs. per capita
2013-placed 180th out of 364 recycling 9.5lbs. per capita
2012-placed 104th out of 266 recycling 33.1lbs. per capita
2011-placed 59th out of 363 recycling 21lbs. per capita

The website URL where information about the campaign is available:

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Stormwater Outreach Campaign

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

A report summarizing the outreach campaign associated with increasing the health of our campus stormwater systems is attached as additional documentation supporting this credit. Please see it for details. In addition to the tabling outreach activities outlined in the attached report, the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Department is working with upper-level Digital Media Students to create a stormwater Public Service Announcement targeted at students, faculty, staff, and visitors of FGCU. EH&S has also worked with service-learning students to design storm drain stencils campus-wide for artistic renderings reminding viewers that out storm drains are connected to the bay and the importance of keeping them free of litter, debris, and illicit discharges.

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

EH&S Specialists regularly monitor and assess the condition of our campus stormwater system in order to understand the positive impacts of outreach efforts.

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:

Tree Campus USA and Eagles Pride Campus Cleanups advance sustainability goals on campus by increasing the amount of trees that we have and decreasing the amount of litter through service-learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

In 2016-17, the Student Government Director of Sustainability and her Assistant Director designed and launched a new Green the Greeks campaign. Its mission is "to engage and align Greek life at Florida Gulf Coast University with our university’s mission to “promote and practice environmental sustainability”, as well as to create a more unified campus through sustainable initiatives. Green the Greeks emphasizes "awareness of sustainability matters on and off campus, involvement in sustainability-related activities, and an integration of sustainable practices into everyday life."

In the first year, 13 greek organizations appointed dedicated Sustainability Charis and competed against one another by trying to attend, host, and participate in the highest quantity of sustainability events and service-learning opportunities. The measurable results of this campaign are available here: https://sgsustainability.wixsite.com/fgcugreenthegreeks/current-standings

FGCU's Move-Out Campaign is another noteworthy outreach program that yields measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability. The Office of Residence Life (OHRL) partners with local non-profits such as Goodwill and the Kiwanis Club to minimize the amount of waste occurring during move out. OHRL sets up bins in each of the residential villages a few weeks prior to move out and encourages residents to donate all useful items. They also help connect unwanted shelf-stable foods with our Campus Food Pantry. The amount of waste diverted in 2016 is included in our reporting for OP-19 of the STARS report.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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