Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.90
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Gulf Coast University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kathleen Crawford
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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Has the institution held a 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 a 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:

“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:
2020-placed 76th out of 249 recycling 15.91 per capita
2018-Placed 71st out of 228 recycling 14.33 per capita
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

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

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

FGCU takes it's stormwater very seriously, and uses a multifaceted approach to educate our students, staff, faculty and visitors of the importance of stormwater pollution prevention as well as flood prevention. Stormwater outreach begins with new employee orientation and subsequent online safety training that 883 employees have completed so far in FY20, and 1234 employees completed in FY19. Students are introduced to stormwater issues at their orientation both at tabling events and as part of the transportation sessions (learning why carpooling is not allowed on campus and leaning about our anti-glittering efforts). Students also see student made PSAs as part of the movie streaming service in student residences. These random PSAs must be viewed in their entirety before the movie will play. This campaign is also included with our other tabling events through the year.

FGCU mentioned in Bloomberg Article May 10, 2019

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. In our Glitter is Litter efforts we went from dozens of annual reported cases of glittering and using confetti for outdoor photos to just one single reporting over the last year.

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

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.

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.

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