|Submission Date||Dec. 20, 2019|
Oregon State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
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Sustainability Program Specialist
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:
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:
In 2019, 22,533 pounds of donations were received, which unfortunately did not meet the goal of 31,000 pounds.
Most of the decrease in donations came from the categories of housewares, food, and wood. The decrease in wood could be explained by an increase in rentable lofting kits provided by University Housing and Dining, but we are unsure what contributed to a significant decrease in housewares, food, and the other categories.
While we didn't meet our goal for the year, OSU is proud of the 11 tons that were donated this year.
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):
The Kilowatt Crackdown was a month long competition with weekly tips on how to reduce electricity consumption. The Eco-reps of four 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 empowered them on ways they could make a change, and reduced 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 totaling 17,057 kWh.
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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