|Submission Date||Nov. 16, 2017|
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:
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Lehigh participated in RecycleMania for the first time in 2013 and continued involvement in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 competitions. The competition is promoted through a large banner over campus walkway, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, public website, bus ads, tabling, events, and campus activities and events.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
- Increased awareness of recycling due to large banner over walkway, bus ads, emails, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, public website information, bus ads, tabling, events, and campus events and activities.
- Students, faculty, and staff are increasingly motivated to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation.
- Generated increased attention and support for campus recycling programs.
- Measured and benchmarked weekly trash and recycling numbers
- Increased engagement and attendance at the various RecycleMania events including:
I Heart Recycling
Canvas Bag Make & Take
Reusable Mug Painting
Plastic Bag Swap
Reusable Mug Hot Chocolate
2016 Overall Results:
Grand Champion: 163 of 207
Per Capita Classic: 79 of 269
Gorilla: 134 of 276
2016 Game Day Basketball Results:
Diversion Rate: 20 of 24
Per Capita: 7 of 26
Waste Generation: 19 of 24
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):
Each November, Lehigh hosts an Energy Conservation Month designed to reduce energy consumption on campus and increase awareness of energy conservation topics. The Eco-Reps and the Office of Sustainability organize and promote this through engaging events and programs as well as creative marketing.
Types of events:
- Energy Pledge
- One Hour, No Power Fitness Event
- Sweater Weather Day
- Energy Diplomats
- Unplugged Open Mic Night
- Educational tabling
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
During the 2013 competition, there was an 8.94% per capita energy consumption savings in participating Lehigh buildings. This was an increase over the 2012 competition's savings of 6.6%.
During the 2014 competition, over 100 staff and students signed the energy pledge.
During the 2015 competition, approximately 80 people signed the energy pledge.the URL for
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:
- Car Free Day: Lehigh participated in Car Free Day on September 22nd by encouraging members of the Lehigh community to choose an alternative method of transportation for the day. This included signing a pledge to be car free for the day. We hosted a celebratory event for those who got to work using alternative methods of transportation.
- Documentary: Did a film screening of Tapped. Educated viewers on water bottle use in the US. Engaged with students about recycling and reusing containers (particularly water bottles).
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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