Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.46
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Lehigh University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Katharine Targett
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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? :
Yes

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?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
RecycleMania Tournament

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, 2016, and 2017 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:
Waste Audits
I Heart Recycling
Canvas Bag Make & Take
Documentary Showing
Reusable Mug Painting
Plastic Bag Swap
Reusable Mug Hot Chocolate
Trashion Show

2017 Overall Results:
Diversion: 104 of 189 schools
Per Capita Classic: 52 of 243 schools
We improved our was diversion rate by 9% as compared to Recyclemania 2016 and we reduced our overall total was by 59 tons.

2017 Game Day Basketball Results:
Diversion Rate: 22 of 30 schools
Per Capita: 18 of 30 schools


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Energy Conservation Month

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: The pledge encourages faculty, staff, and students to commit to energy reducing behaviors throughout the month of November and beyond.
- One Hour, No Power Fitness Event: This event promote energy reduction by having students unplug for an hour to attend a low energy, dimly lit yoga class. Eco-Reps teach the students in attendance about energy conservation month and how they can help reduce energy consumption in their day to day life.
- Energy Diplomats: This event is aimed at promoting energy practices in different countries throughout the world. Students sign up to represent a country and provide information about energy practices and energy conservation in that country.
- Unplugged Open Mic Night: This is an event where students do an open mic night but without the use of energy, so no microphones etc. In addition, students throughout the night provide information about energy conservation and how to change your habits.


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.

During the 2016 competition, 72 people signed the energy pledge.

During the 2017 competition, 121 people signed the energy pledge.


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:
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