|Submission Date||March 2, 2018|
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
|4.00 / 4.00||
Office of Sustainability
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:
CCN is organized by the Lucid Design Group and is an energy and water conservation competition. Hobart and William Smith Colleges have participated in CCN’s energy conservation competition for four consecutive years. In 2015, CCN and Lucid decided not to hold the competition. However, HWS partnered with other New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium institutions to hold their own energy conservation competition, the NY Negawatt Challenge. HWS uses the Lucid dashboard and CCN competition to encourage students, faculty, and staff to be aware of their energy use and alter behavior in order to reduce campus energy use.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
HWS had eight buildings participate in NY Negawatt Challenge fall 2015. Programming and events resulted in a 2.6% reduction in energy consumption (halls did not participate in water conservation). In addition, HWS won CCN’s fall 2014 New York Negawatt Challenge, an energy reduction competition among the members of the New York Six Consortium: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, and Union College.
The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):
RecycleMania is a waste reduction and diversion competition. In 2016, HWS participated in its eighth consecutive RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is used to improve awareness around more sustainable materials management on campus.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Students, faculty, and staff are sent periodic reminders and updates regarding RecycleMania. RecycleMania acts to build campus awareness around recycling and better materials management practices. RecycleMania tracks weekly recycling, compost, and other waste diversion numbers. This data is used to improve sustainable materials management education, programming, and infrastructure.
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 spring semester, and most recently during Earth Week 2017, the Colleges host waste audits as a way to raise awareness of disposal habits and as a means of data collection to better understand residential recycling and trash. Student EcoReps will show us how we can do more to recycle and compost. The information is used to improve sustainable materials management education, programming and infrastructure. The Office of Sustainability oftentimes partners with ENV 204, “Geography of Garbage,” to hold waste audits in front of our main student center, the Scandling Campus Center, located at the heart of campus.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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