Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.95
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date June 30, 2016
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Portland State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Heather Spalding
Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator
PSU
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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):
Recyclemania and Campus Conservation Nationals

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

Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. PSU has hosted a challenge since winter 2011 and joined the national CCN campaign in winter 2013. As of winter 2015, all ten PSU residence halls will compete to reduce electricity and water usage.

EcoReps hosted events for student residents such as a candlelight dinner in Victor’s dining hall, Logical Laundry, Conservation Conversation with tea and snacks, an e-waste drive, and many others. Partnerships with other student organizations were formed and strengthened through event co-sponsorship.

Baseline water and electricity usage data were submitted for a 2-week period preceding the competition window, and then weekly electricity and water meter readings were put into an online dashboard provided by CCN for each of the three competition weeks.

PSU placed within the top 10 nationally for energy reduction during the winter 2014 competition.

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Recyclemania Campaign:

Brief description of the campaign:
PSU participates in a variety of campaigns, as you will read about in the other credit forms. We have chosen to focus on our recycling campaign for this credit. If more information is needed to receive full points, we can provide additional information.

PSU enters the Recyclemania competition (www.recyclemania.com) each year. This is a ten-week competition between universities across the country to see who can collect the largest amounts of recyclables, the least amount of trash, and achieve higher recycling rates. The competition included the entire campus, and outreach happened through weekly updates in the campus newspaper, tabling, themed events, websites, residence hall and dining specific outreach, sharing results and tips, and other means to target behavior change in regards to recycling and waste minimization.


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

Campus Conservation Nationals: http://buildingdashboard.net/pdx/#/pdx//
http://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/news/green-campus-spotlight-conserving-win

Student-led programming in the 3 participating residence halls yielded the following reductions, compared to the baseline period:

Number of kWh saved:
1st: Broadway 17,933 kWh 11% reduction
2nd: Ondine 4,869 kWh 6.6% reduction
3rd: Stephen Epler 1,044 kWh 4.6% reduction
Total 23,906 kWh | 10,900 lbs CO2 | $1,912

Number of gallons of water saved:
1st: Stephen Epler 45,650 gallons 18.9% reduction
2nd: Ondine 20,160 gallons 2.9% reduction
3rd: Broadway 9793 gallons 1.8% increase
Total 56,018 | $854.60

Recyclemania:
Recyclemania increased awareness of the recycling and waste management programs on campus, how to recycle correctly, and how to produce less waste on campus. Open reporting of results and data were made available to the campus community. The entire student population as well as staff and faculty participated. We finished 45th out of 148 universities in the Waste Minimization category with an average of 34.8 pounds of waste generated per person over the 10 week competition. That represents a reduction in per capita waste generation of 11.13 lbs from the 2007-08 campaign. We also finished 41st in Food Service Organics standings with 2.38 pounds of organics composted per person.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA) division-wide sustainability initiative

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

Over forty departments participated in a year-long professional development and departmental practices initiative within EMSA in winter 2013. A baseline survey was taken by all departmental coordinators and directors. The winter division-wide meeting focused on sustainability, and other professional development was offered. In addition, an online resource guide was developed and shared. At the completion of the initiative, each departmental head took the survey again. Positive changes were measured in many measured categories.


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

We were most successful in positively changing behaviors in the following areas:
-Recycling and composting
-Healthy offices

The following areas experienced less change. They identified what types of barriers existed to change.
-Energy conservation
-Event planning
-Purchasing: paper and printing, office supplies.

Specific areas that can still be improved:
- Choose fair trade, direct trade, and organic coffees, teas, and snacks
- Energy conservation - Departments have little control here.
- Transportation.
- Water conservation - Departments also have little control over this.
- Marketing

We also learned about many other practices that were not included in the measurement from our open-ended questions. Examples:
- Purchasing event flowers from minority, woman-owned business
- Seeking diverse leaders to discuss sustainability issues
- Participate in Bike to PSU Challenge


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