Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.23
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oregon State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Leticia Cavazos
Sustainability Program Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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:
Res Hall Move Out Donation Drive

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

OSU Campus Recycling and Surplus Property, in collaboration with University Housing and Dining, coordinated an effort to reduce waste during residence hall move-out by educating residents and giving them the tools to recycle and donate as much as possible.

Each residence hall room received a move-out kit, which included a door hanger with details on how to donate and recycle unwanted materials, along with bags in which to sort their material in their room. Grocery-style plastic bags were provided for food and toiletries, and 13-gallon blue bags were provided for clothing, bedding, and small housewares. Labeled donation bins were located in the lobby, along with all the recycle bins.

Residents were made aware of the upcoming donation drive starting one month in advance. Info was provided via abundant signage inside the halls, large posters at each UHDS service center, notices in the Campus Living eNewsletter, a presentation to the Residence Hall Association General Assembly, posts on social media, and a web page made just for residents.

Donations were given to local non-profit organizations.


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

2017 saw the highest level of donations on record since 2010 with almost 36,000-pounds (18 tons) donated!

Most of the donation increase came from wood and housewares, although there was a general increase seen in all categories.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Kilowatt Crackdown: Electricity Reducing Competition in Residence Halls

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

The Kilowatt Crackdown was a month long competition with weekly tips on how to reduce electricity consumption. The Eco-reps of five residence halls educated residents about how to turn out the lights, walk the stairs, unplug electronics, and more energy saving tips.

The goal with the Kilowatt Crackdown was to get students involved and educated about electricity usage, and empower them on ways they can make a change, and reduce their personal electricity usage!


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

All five residence halls showed an average decreased in electricity consumption that ranged from -0.2% to 14.1%.


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:

RecycleMania is a national and civil war recycling competition between universities that runs for eight weeks every winter term. Oregon State Campus Recycling coordinates a resident hall recycling competition along with other events during the duration of the event.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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