Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Makayla Bonney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Anisa Valenzuela
Sustainability Specialist
Sustain IU
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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:
Indiana University Energy Challenge

A brief description of the campaign:

The Energy Challenge a yearly competition between various campus buildings (including: residence halls, Greek houses, and academic, administrative building, and athletic facilities) to save water and electricity, encouraging students, faculty and staff to make small behavior changes for sustainable impact. This year's savings from the four-week event, totaled 877,416 gallons of water and 760,314 kilowatt-hours of energy, removing 566 metrics tons of carbon from our University footprint.

This year’s challenge not only focused on savings, but engagement. Sustain IU hosted numerous outreach events for students and staff focused on sustainable decision making to lessen our collective impact. From creating a 21-Day Challenge Calendar for staff to build healthy habits, to educating students on the effects of phantom power; Sustain IU interns worked diligently to engage and communicate with new and familiar audiences during the challenge.


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

To date, the Energy Challenge has saved 1,495,695 kWh of electricity and 2,698,809 gallons of water, and engaged thousands of students, faculty and staff through tabling events, outreach activities, and presentations. Additionally, this year a personal pledge was added to capture direct calls--with 106 signatories.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Events

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

From small departmental meetings to large-scale campus community gatherings, IU hosts hundreds of events throughout the year. We've gathered resources and a certification process to encourage the implementing of green practices at these events, no matter the size, to help reduce our waste, conserve resources, and set an example across campus. In partnership with Indiana University Residence Halls Association (RHA) we we're able to pass legislation to ensure that any event that takes part in a residence hall that uses RHA funding to be a certified Green Event through our office. This partnership means hundreds of events will follow these practices, we can monitor engagement and progress, and the added benefit of exposure to our mission and best practices for green event planning. This is a great way for the Indiana University community to reduce the environmental impacts of their event while also helping Indiana University become a more sustainable institution!


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

Sustain IU has set a goal to host 200 Green Events on campus by 2020. We'll measure this impact through certification sign-up on our website. Here simple steps are highlighted to show how to reduce waste and energy-use during the planning, execution, and cleanup of events. Sustain IU has created a Green Events Guide (https://sustain.iu.edu/programs/green-events/Green-Event-Guide-Final3.pdf) for information on how to make the switch to more sustainable products and practices. The partnership with RHA will ensure more events are certified throughout the year.

Additionally, we are currently working with RHA to host a Green Events competition, where campus EcoReps can participate in hosting "The Most Green Event" for a chance to win additional funding to host outreach events.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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