|Submission Date||May 31, 2016|
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
Sustainable Development Advisor
Sustainable Development Office
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:
This campaign about waste management was launched on March 2015. A challenge, the "Défi 100% tri" was launched on March 18, 2015, at the same time as the launch of the new project to improve the waste sorting system at Polytechnique and start composting organic waste. The campaign started with multiple teams (students or employees) having to sort out their waste during an entire day. The winners were the ones whose sorting had the best quality and the less contamination. Poly-Tri is now an on-going campaign: it has its own website, it issues short videos and it has a team of student ambassadors that perform multiple outreach activities around the sorting of waste during the year.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Increased awareness of the Polytechnique community on the sorting of waste that translates into an increase in Polytechnique's waste diversion rate. For instance, a preliminary assessment indicates that from a staring point of 0% of organic waste composted in 2014, Polytechnique composted about a third of its organic waste in 2015. A characterization of our waste generation is expected to be realized in 2016-2017 to get more precise data.
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):
This challenge was held during the entire month of October 2015. It consisted of building teams (among students or employees) that each had to count the cumulative number of days teammates managed to eat entirely vegetarian. Bonus points were given if the participants managed to be vegetarian during the entire month.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
This challenge helped raising awareness on the environmental impacts of meat consumption. An estimate of the carbon emissions avoided thanks to the vegetarian diets of the participants during the entire month was carried out. In one month, the emission of approximately 25 tons of CO2 were avoided as a result of the decrease of meet consumption among the participants.
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 website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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