|Submission Date||May 21, 2019|
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
|4.00 / 4.00||
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:
The Highlander Cup Residence Hall Sustainability Competition is a semester-long competition aimed at teaching and engaging students with sustainability in their residence. The Highlander Cup Competition consists of three separate sustainability challenges: Power Down, Water Conservation, and RecycleMania. In each challenge, residence halls will be competing against each other to reduce energy use, reduce water consumption, and increase recycling based on last semester baselines. Each challenge lasts two - three weeks, and is accompanied by intentional programming, flyers, and social media. The education and outreach in each hall will be primarily conducted by the Eco Reps. Curriculum was collaboratively designed by the Sustainability Office and Housing & Residential Life.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Positive measurable impacts included a reduction in water and electricity consumption and an increase in recycling. Compared to the baseline, residential students reduced water consumption by 100,891 gallons and reduced electricity use by 41,600 kW hours. We did not have a baseline for recycling per residence hall and now will use our new data as a baseline for the next competition. Campus residents recycled 3,202 pounds during the three-week competition in the residence halls.
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 “Waste Not!” program was initiated and managed by our on campus Dining Services contractor, Chartwells. Dining Services partnered with the Sustainability Leadership Team, the Green Team, and other volunteers to raise awareness about food waste through events and signage and to conduct Food Waste Audits in Dalton Dining Hall. This year-long campaign was concluded with “Stop Food Waste Day” at the end of the Spring semester.
Faculty, staff, and students were targeted audiences for outreach in Dalton Dining Hall, in Hurlburt Food Court, and around campus.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Dining Services and RU Sustainability, along with clubs and volunteers, conducted food waste audits during the fall 2016 semester and the spring 2017 semester to assess the impact of the food waste awareness campaign. During the Fall 2016 audit, 102 pounds of food waste was collected from 351 dining hall patrons at the end of their meal. At the Spring 2017 food waste audit event, only 35 pounds of food waste was collected from 308 dining hall patrons.
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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