Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.07
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date March 31, 2021

STARS v2.2

South Seattle College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution held a 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 a 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:
South Waste Audit

A brief description of the campaign:

Faculty, staff, and students participated in a waste audit in spring 2019. Compostables, recycling, and garbage were taken from a few buildings and faculty, staff, and students sorted the trash, weighed it, and calculated contamination rates. Faculty, staff, and students that participated gained valuable knowledge about the three main waste streams and the Sustainability Committee used that information to communicate contamination to the campus community and develop other initiatives to reduce contamination and improve proper waste sorting.


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

It is hard to measure the impacts of the campaign, because we do not currently have accurate weights of our garbage and recycling in order to compare before and after results. However, anecdotally, there is more conversation and we are fielding more questions about proper waste sorting. Faculty and students are asking more questions. They are requesting help in their offices and classrooms.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Campus EcoChallenge

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

In fall 2019, South Seattle faculty, staff, and students participated in the EcoChallenge, which is a "fun and social way to take measurable action on the issues you care about." It is coordinated by EcoChallenge.org.


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

Through our participation, we prevented the following waste being sent to the landfill: a) 36 disposable cups, b) 12 plastic containers, c) 27 plastic straws, d) 33 plastic bottles, and e) 5 pounds of paper. We also composted 7 pounds of food waste, consumed 9 whole food meals and 5 locally-sourced meals. We travelled 16 fewer miles by car, travelled 16 miles by bus, and saved 5 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. We saved 128 gallons of water through the challenge.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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