Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Miami University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Susan Meikle
University News writer and editor
University Communications
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
Kill the Cup University Challenge 2014

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

The first Kill the Cup University Challenge, held in October 2014, was a month-long challenge to reduce the number of single-use disposable cups on campus by encouraging use of reusable mugs. The contest also included a Social Awareness campaign, measured by the percent of campus population that uploaded a photo with their reusable cup. The challenge was for the entire university - students and employees - but student groups on campus organized the efforts, including publicity about the event, organizing photos shoots, and organizing a kick off event with the university president.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

Miami University placed first in the Waste Reduction Division. Students and employees helped reduce disposable single use cup waste on campus by 5.5% during the four-week competition. Miami placed third in the Social Awareness division. Miami received the top prize of a $2,000 social impact grant from Social Ventures for Sustainability, which was used to sponsor a sustainability art contest.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
ShareFest Oxford

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

ShareFest is a service and environmental nonprofit corporation dedicated to the collection and redistribution of items donated by Miami University students during "Move-Out Week" at the end of the academic year. 2015 was the 11th year for ShareFest.
Collected items benefit residents in need and social service agencies throughout the region. The purpose of ShareFest is to: 1. Help individuals in need by providing them with access to furniture, household goods, clothing and food that are donated by Miami University students or by other community members at the end of the academic year. 2. Teach sharing and environmental ethics and an awareness of diverse backgrounds to the young people who are students at Miami University. 3. Protect and preserve the environment by preventing usable items from going into the landfill.


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

ShareFest 2015 was a record year for off-campus donation requests

Nonprofit organizations receive donated items or receive proceeds from selling larger donated items. Six agencies received ShareFest donations: The Family Resource Center; Butler County Children's Services; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati; YWCA Hamilton; Oxford Community Choice Pantry; and Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries.

42 residence halls contributed large quantities of food, clothing, small appliances and housewares. ShareFest 2015 was a record year for off-campus donations, with a 10 percent increase in the number of pickups scheduled, with an estimated 59 tons of merchandise collected, up from 50 tons collected in 2014.
Recipient groups sell the larger items - resulting in 2015 in $5,824 for the Family resource Center; $9,600 for Habitat. YWCA received items to furnish 31 apartments.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:

Miami participated in the 2015 Kill the Cup Challenge, placing third in the waste reduction division.

Miami participated in the 2013 RecycleMania Competition that ended April 2013 (originally founded by Miami and Ohio University) - in the "Targeted Materials - Food Waste Organics" category. Placed 80th of 158 schools with a cumulative total of 3.4 pounds per capita of organic waste composted and diverted from the waste stream. The competition was for all students and employees.


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