Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Jay Meldrum
Submission Date July 8, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Michigan Technological University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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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:
Recycling Audits

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

Conducted recycling audits in Fisher, Library, and Douglas Houghton Hall to determine how much they recycle. Society for Engineers, Green Campus Enterprise, Alternative Energy Enterprise and members from outside the community to determine how many recycling containers were available. Custodians on campus measure waste so we could determine where improvements could be made. We found that the Library diversion rate was 50%, the Fisher building was about 35%, and the Douglas Houghton Hall was 15%.


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

We have seen an improvement in recycling numbers since these audits and we have directed more effort to awareness, more recycling bins in the dorms, and education in the dorms as a result.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Campus Enterprise Energy Competition

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

The Enterprise team is holding an energy competition between different residence halls at the University. This competition is to see which residence hall will use the least amount of energy for a semester. The enterprise team will look at pre and post results.


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

The competition is still in effect, but the competition will continue for the next with new students in the next two school years. Energy consumption on a per building basis has been added to our sustainability website so that the campus community can see the monthly energy use.


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:

The Green Campus Enterprise is investigating the use of reusable dining containers to eliminate cardboard and paper waste in the dining halls. Dining trays were previously eliminated since that encourages taking more food than a student typically can eat. Food wast was reduced as a result of that effort. In addition to the reusable containers, food waste will be composted in a dehydrating compost system (Eco-Vim 250) that will be implemented this fall. The start of this program was delayed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but is ready now to use once students return. This will increase our recycling diversion rate from 15% to 25%.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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