Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Smith College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Emma Kerr
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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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? :
Yes

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?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
April Showers

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

Each Spring the House Eco-Reps hold April Showers, which is a short shower campaign aimed at the entire student body, and held for one or two weeks in April before Earth Day. Eco-Reps distribute 5-minute shower timers to student houses, and distribute posters and emails on the importance of conserving water. Houses keep track of the number of short (or skipped) showers each day, and submit their totals to the sustainability coordinator at the end of the contest period.


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

In April, 2016 we ran April Showers for one week and students took 2,149 5-minutes or less showers. If you consider the average shower to be 10 minutes long, this resulted in a savings of 27,000 gallons of water. Students also realized how possible it is to take a shorter shower, and will hopefully be more conservative of water when showering at Smith and elsewhere.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
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Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Zero Waste Event Presentations

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

The campus sustainability coordinator presented information on how and why to host a zero waste event to 60 of the campus's main event organizers. These event organizers came from all different parts of campus including Athletics, the President's House, Smith's Art Museum, academic departments, Office of Student Engagement, etc.

The presentations happened over the course of two days, and participants were also given a take-away how-to sheet to utilize and spread around their office.


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

Several zero-waste events have been planned by participants of these presentations, including an upcoming "Night at Your Museum," held at Smith College Museum of Art for all of Smith's students. This event was be the largest zero waste event yet held, expecting to serve 1,200 people.

The Center for Community Collaboration has also invested in their own reusable dishware, in order to make their many student lunches and sessions including food zero waste.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
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A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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