Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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State University of New York at New Paltz
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Lisa Mitten
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:
New Paltz Unplugged

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

New Paltz Unplugged is an annual three week energy conservation competition between residence halls at SUNY New Paltz. The electricity use of each residence hall is monitored and displayed in several locations around campus, and halls compete to minimize electricity use. A Sustainability Ambassador attends Resident Hall Student Association meetings weekly to update hall representatives on weekly progress. Posters of the latest standings are available in the Student Union, Hasbrouck Dining Hall, and the library. Resident Assistants are encouraged to hold glow in the dark themed events in their residence halls. The Office of Campus Sustainability provides posters and glow sticks for these events.


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

In 2016, the average reduction in electricity use across all halls was 1%. Scudder Hall decreased their energy use by the most with a 5% reduction in energy use from the baseline period. In 2015, the average reduction in electricity across all halls was 0.4%. Esopus Hall decreased their energy use the most with a 3.7% reduction in energy use from the baseline period.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Daylight Hour

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

Every year on or near the summer solstice, the Office of Campus Sustainability organizes a 1-hour energy conservation campaign encouraging staff members to turn off their lights for one hour during lunchtime. The aim is to motivate staff to rely on daylight rather than electric lighting in their offices, especially if they are away from their desk for lunch.


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

At least 40 staff members reported via email that they participated in this one-time event. Around noon on June 16, the campus experienced an approximately 400 KW decrease in electric demand.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
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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