Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.77
Liaison Josh Lasky
Submission Date April 4, 2023

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kimberly Williams
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Office of Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

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?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Green Office Network

A brief description of the campaign:
The Green Office Network is the primary faculty and staff sustainability engagement program. The purpose of the network is to better understand office behavior and practices on a day-to-day basis, build community and foster discussion about how to improve sustainability on the individual and office level, and empower staff to make positive, healthy changes. The Office of Sustainability engages Green Leaders through trainings, workshops, and events. The program includes a Green Office Certification. The certification is awarded to offices that complete certain sustainability behaviors in their offices, and there are four possible levels of certification. Offices are re-certified on an annual basis, and are encouraged to add to their sustainable practices in doing so.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Since the launch of the certification in summer 2014, over 86 offices have been certified, with additional offices in the process of becoming certified currently.

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Past Plastic

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
GW launched an awareness campaign, Past Plastic, to support the implementation of a new policy that prohibits the use of university dollars to purchase single-use plastic items where alternatives are readily available. The Past Plastic campaign included campus-wide email alerts, a social media campaign, physical signage placed around campus, the installation of branded water bottle refill stations indoors and outdoors across campus, and a giveaway program that distributed 26,000 Past Plastic branded reusable water bottles to the campus community. https://sustainability.gwu.edu/past-plastic

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
To support the transition away from plastic bottled water, GW has installed water bottle filling stations in dozens of buildings and in eight outdoor locations on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses. So far, the 100+ filling stations on campus have served 2.5 million bottles of water without the plastic. At 2022 Commencement, which is one of GW's largest annual events, we served about 750 gallons of water, or about 8,000 12 oz bottles, via Quench Buggies.

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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