Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.89
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Saint Mary's College of California
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Riley Smith
Sustainability Director
Student Life
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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

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

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.


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

This campus-wide event lasted from February 3 - March 30, 2014. Landfill diversion was measured each week (weights in recycling, landfill and compost). Our diversion ranged from 13-24% during this competition.

Additionally, through "Waste Less Wednesdays" we collected 77 student filled recycling bags during our campus community time as additional programming through the 8 weeks.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Demand Reduction Campaign

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

SMC participates in a utility Demand Response program with PG&E, the local electricity provider. When the utility requests reduction in energy use, the Facilities Services sends out an all Staff alert, letting people know that a Demand Response has been called. Then SMC Facilities Services communicates to staff the hours of the cut-back. Typically the notification is emailed before noon and the response lasts from 3:00-7:00pm.


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

On average, a demand response cuts a minimum of 500 kilowatts and has resulted in an approximate 38% reduction in energy across campus on those days.


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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