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Liaison Alexis Reyes
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2015
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Pomona College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Ginny Routhe
Director
Sustainability Integration Office
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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):
Power Down/ Get Water Wise dorm energy and water challenge

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

Since 2006, Pomona students and administrators have hosted an annual dorm energy reduction contest, pitting residence hall against residence hall to see which residents can reduce their energy use the most. Pomona EcoReps and the Sustainability Integration Office partner to host the Power Down dorm energy challenge as part of the Energy Month, the second in a series of four sustainability-themed months. There are three dimensions to the challenge: first, dorms compete in electricity and water use reduction; second, the student body are collectively challenged to reduce electricity consumption by more than 6%; and third, Pomona residence halls together compete against residence halls at the other Claremont Colleges. The administration contributes twice the value of electricity saved towards a sustainability project of the winner's choice.


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

In the years the energy competition has been running, all dorms collectively reduced electricity use by 3-11%, with the winning dorm gaining $1,000-6,000 to spend on a sustainability project such as an energy monitors, low-flow shower heads and native planting projects. The winning dorm reduced by 7-23%.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Dining Hall Compost Competition

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

The Sustainability Integration Office worked with Pomona Dining Services to conduct a compost competition among the three dining halls, geared toward the dining hall staff. Compost was collected and weighed by compost drivers every day Monday through Thursday, when all of the dining halls are open. The dining hall with the greatest amount of compost per scanned meal was the winner of a trip to the bowling alley for the staff.


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

Oldenborg Dining Hall saw the largest improvement (73%) with 6.4 pounds per person composted during that time. 7.7 tons of compost was collected during the competition.


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

A Waste Audit is conducted annually in a public location, often the campus center, in conjunction with an Eco-Reps sponsored waste awareness campaign. The results of the Waste Audit indicate growth and improvement from year to year, for instance, from 2014 to 2015, paper showing up in the trash was reduced ten percent.


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