Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.04
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Temple University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:
RecycleMania

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

The university participated in the national RecycleMania challenge in FY17, with a goal of recycling at least 350,000 pounds during the eight week period. Temple competed in the electronics waste recycling category, and the Gorilla prize, Per Capita Classic, Grand Champion, and the Waste Minimization categories. During the competition, Temple partnered with academic classes to promote recycling on campus, utilizing social media, building on athletics' social capital and planning outreach events and faculty, such as tours to recycling facilities and speaker series.


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

There were a variety of metrics used to evaluate the program.

RecycleMania results: During the ten week RecycleMania challenge, Temple university recycled 372,030lbs and posted a 32.58 lbs / person cumulative waste rate.

Academic Coursework on RecycleMania - We students in the Green versus Gray course to distribute individual recycling containers in the residence halls, complete waste audits in the residence halls and promote the Temple Office Supply Swap to employees.

Guest Lectures - The Office of Sustainability spread the message about the university's RecycleMania campaign to over 500 students via an hour long guest lecture in sustainability themed courses.

RecycleMania Related Events - The university hosted weekly events, including: tabling in every school and college, a paper purge, the Caught Green Handed social media campaign, a clothing swap, a competition in the Residence Hall to see who could construct the best recycled cardboard castle in the lobby to draw attention to RecycleMania, waste audits, and a documentary screening, and an artist talk.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Temple University Commuter Challenge

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

The National Bike Challenge is a friendly competition among bicycle riders nationally and in the City of Philadelphia. Riders participate within the network of their workplace, which includes businesses, universities, and other organizations and networks. Within these workplaces, riders join a team and log their bicycle miles after their cycling rides. Temple organizes a team of students, staff and faculty to compete against its rivals. The goal of the campaign is to promote bike ridership through competition.


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

Temple University won both the school and university division for the City of Philadelphia in 2017, and engaged over 50 riders. The university also participated in the Clean Air Council's Love to Ride challenge during the month of October.


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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