|Submission Date||Feb. 11, 2020|
The American College of Greece
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
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Office of Public Affairs
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?:
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?:
Name of the campaign:
A brief description of the campaign:
The ACG – Center of Excellence for Sustainability at the Office of Public Affairs initiated the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!": Waste Reduction and Recycling Campaign, in an effort to raise awareness and to guide Students, Faculty and Staff towards successful waste prevention, reduction and recycling best practices, following the waste management hierarchy.
The campaign was launched in the Fall Semester 2017 and is ongoing. As part of the awareness efforts we are organizing select initiatives across all campuses (Pierce, Deree, Alba)in order to inform and engage all ACG members.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Recycling trends improved. Data are still under evaluation as part of a student research project. Recycling containers had their contents measured and assessed for the quality of the recycling materials deposited.
During the course of the campaign so far, we have documented an increasing number of students and faculty who are researching the issue of waste reduction and recycling on campus in various group research projects as part of their courses. Add examples from projects?
Also, examples from Pierce (e.g. the recent recycling competition)?
More information on the campaign can be found here: https://www.acg.edu/about-acg/sustainability-at-acg/campaigns/reduce-reuse-recycle/.
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
The ACG Center of Excellence for Sustainability at the Office of Public Affairs launched the #ACGgoesplasticfree campaign in the academic year 2018 - 2019, in an effort to raise awareness on the harmful consequences of single-use plastic pollution and guide the ACG members in making a successful shift towards gradually reducing and, ultimately, eliminating single-use plastics from our campus and beyond.
The following have taken place in the context of the campaign so far:
(1) Launch of the ACG reusable water bottle to encourage our community to stop using plastic water bottles (July 2018)
(2) Installation of new, top-notch, hydration stations on campus (September 2018)
(3) Policy banning plastic cups from all ACG offices and replacing them with biodegradable ones (November 2018)
(4) The first "ACG Plastic Free Challenge", where ACG members participated in the challenge to swap five single-use plastic items for reusable ones and share their photos on our social media (November 2018)
(5) Upcycling of old College banners that would otherwise be thrown away and turned them into new materials via our collaboration with the NGO ‘Institute Team Run for the World’ (Winter 2019)
(6) Use of upcycled gifts during the Deree Business Week 2019 (March 2019)
(7) Signs encouraging our community to use of reusable items when ordering beverages, food, etc., placed at all ACG vendors (June 2019)
(8) Info-sessions by the ACG Sustainability Leaders about going plastic-free for a day in view of the first "ACG Plastic Free Day" (June 2019)
(9) Launch of the first "ACG Plastic Free Day" in conjunction with the celebrations for World Environment Day, where ACG members were encouraged to go plastic-free for a day (June 2019)
(10) Use of our social media platforms for a digital version of the campaign to further raise awareness, give tips, and engage our community (ongoing)
As this is an ongoing campaign, more activities and actions are planned for the current academic year (2019 - 2020).
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Higher percentage of ACG members using reusable water bottles on campus based on the sales of the ACG reusable water bottle.
100% elimination of plastic cups at all ACG offices.
At certain period throughout the year, the ACG Sustainability Leaders were placed at all ACG vendors to observe the behavior of ACG members when ordering. A higher percentage of people using reusable items instead of singe-use plastics ones was observed - i.e. reusable coffee cups/thermos instead of single-use, avoiding to take a plastic straw, and bringing their own reusable lunch boxes when ordering take-away food.
More information on the campaign can be found here: https://www.acg.edu/about-acg/sustainability-at-acg/campaigns/acggoesplasticfree/.
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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