Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.09
Liaison Andrew Riley
Submission Date April 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

State University of New York at Morrisville
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Bill Mitchell
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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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:
United Nations - Sustainable Development (SDG) Goals Class with Presentations, and EARTH DAY

A brief description of the campaign:

UN-SDG's:  Students utilize one of the 17 United Nations SDG's -  Sustainable Development Goals to elaborate on a more local topic of interest. Over 15 weeks of the semester, ~ 80 students develop their presentations (2 hours per week) based on one SDG topic and then present on their efforts during the Applied Learning Student Showcase as part of SUNY Morrisville's Earth Day events.


     Applied Learning Student Showcase - UN-SDG's (in the news) 
     https://www.morrisville.edu/events/applied-learning-student-showcase-spring-2023


     Website UN SDG's - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
       https://sdgs.un.org/goals


 


EARTH DAY: Earth Day at SUNY Morrisville
Community service, and sustainability/environmental conservation events with a blast of SUNY Morrisville fun in applied learning, including a STEM night with interactive energy sessions at the Agricultural & Clean Energy Technology center (ACET). Area high schools also attend this multicultural, educational Earth Day event. SUNY Morrisville Celebrates Earth Day with Acts of Kindness that Tie into Sustainability:


      https://www.morrisville.edu/news/suny-morrisville-celebrate-earth-day-acts-of-kindness-tie-sustainability


 


 


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

UN-SDG's:  Increased awareness of the UN Climate Sustainable Development Goals at the student and faculty/staff levels. Students presented their work on the SDG Goals during the Applied Learning Student Showcase poster presentations as part of SUNY Morrisville's Earth Day event in the spring of 2023.


Earth Day at SUNY Morrisville:
Greater awareness of: campus sustainability, energy, and environmental conservation initiatives & programs through community service and applied learning activities.


 


 


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Free Movie Series on Sustainability Topics

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

Free Movie Series on Sustainability Topics
SUNY Morrisville held free showing of three sustainability movies and provided refreshments.  Movie descriptions as follows:


"Tapped" - Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold? This is a film about the big business of bottled water.
+10 community members and 6 campus participants were in attendance.


"Addicted to Plastic"- Three years of filming in 12 different countries examining plastic pollution and the people dedicated to cleaning it up.
+ 8 campus participants were in attendance.


"Racing to Zero"- Only 1/3 of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. This film examines why that is and the communities involved in the collective zero waste effort.
+8 campus participants were in attendance.


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

Though it could have been better attended, the movie series was well received and sparked engaging conversations following the showings. The first show was attended by community members which made for a very enriching event for all participants.


Audience members gained a better understanding of some difficult-to-solve sustainability topics. 


 


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Outreach to students about the: 
Reusable Container Program at Seneca Dining Hall 


Students at Seneca Dining Hall are issued two re-useable to-go containers as part of most meal plans. For a student to get a clean container, they need to bring back the previous containers to the cashier.  If a container is lost or forgotten, a student can purchase a new containers however, a plan can only ever have two containers assigned.


SUNY Morrisville students/faculty and staff reduced the amount of garbage hitting our local landfill by utilizing these reusable containers. The impact was mostly noticed in refuse collection from our residence halls.


https://www.morrisville.edu/attend/costs/meal-plans 
and Dining Diaries on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/reel/718801016737274



For Campus Faculty and Staff: 

Campus Senior Council Meeting presentation on December 12, 2022, on the status and general findings of the campus Clean Energy Master Plan (CEMP), during the current Performance Year of FY-2022-2023. CEMP - Clean Energy Master Plan - FINAL completed by August 2023.


Promotion of a Campus Energy Master Plan, which in concert with the ongoing Facilities Master Plan will de-carbonize campus buildings and electrify the campus on a cleaner grid. The crux of this plan utilizes air source heat pumps, as well as a geothermal well field and ground source heat pumps on an updated centralized district heating system to exceed the New York State 2050 decarbonization goals. 


 


 


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Alternate supporting goals website: SUNY-wide https://www.suny.edu/sustainability/goals/


Current Performance Year is FY-2022-2023: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. 


Information in this AASHE framework chapter compiled by the following staff: 
Energy and Sustainability Manager within Facilities Management,
Contracts Administrator, Business Office, and the
Workforce & Partnership Specialist, Office of the Provost at SUNY Morrisville. 


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