Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.78
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

South Dakota State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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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:
Don't Dump! Donate!

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

Don't Dump! Donate! is a move-out donation collection program for students living in the residence halls. Students can donate a variety of items that are still in good, working condition, diverting them from the landfill and instead helping a handful of local non-profits.


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

Prior to Don't Dump! Donate! there was no on-campus resource for students to donate items they no longer wanted when they moved out of the dorms at the end of the spring semester. In the program's first year (FY18), 1774.25 pounds were diverted from the landfill. The program continues to grow each year.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
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Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Adding Recycling Bins to Individual Offices

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

In an effort to increase campus recycling, small recycling bins were added to each individual office. As part of this effort, everyone was educated on what should be recycled through presentations and/or recycling guide flyers.


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

Each year, the Sustainability Specialist does a waste audit assessing contamination and potential recycling rates in various areas on campus (dining facilities, hallway waste receptacles, office waste receptacles, etc.). Prior to office recycling bins being added, the office trash bins had a potential recycling rate average of 42%. After adding the individual recycling bins, the office actual recycling rate went to an average of 55%. Contamination rates also decreased in the office recycling bin in the two waste audits that occurred after the recycling bins were added.


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:

SDSU has participated in RecycleMania. In 2019, social media posts and newspaper articles were shared encouraging students, faculty, and staff to recycle. The average recycling rate for the first 2 weeks of the competition was 16% and the final 2 weeks was 23%.


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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Information includes 3 years of information.

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