Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.81
Liaison Sb Loder
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2013
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STARS v1.2

The College of Wooster
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Sb Loder
Sustainability Coordinator
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Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:

The name of the campaign(s):
Recycling Competition, Do It In The Dark, COWabunga

A brief description of the campaign(s):

The Recycling Competition was a student initiative that encouraged students to recycle more and rewarded the residential hall that recycled the most over the period of a week. Volunteers weighed the recycling in each hall on campus over the course of a week. In the end, the hall with the largest total weight of recyclable material per person won a pizza party.

Do It in the Dark is a dorm-wide energy competition. The residence hall that the greatest reduction in its kWh/person won a sustainability-themed prize pack, including a reusable bag and water bottle.

COWabunga is the Goodwill donation program that puts a donation bin in every dorm as students move-out at the end of each academic year, from (spring) finals week through Commencement. The bins are picked up periodically; multiple bins are set in high-occupancy halls. Donation totals are recorded annually.

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

The Recycling Competition had an increase in recyclable materials in the residential halls. This corresponds with an increase in diversion rate, assuming the amount of waste generated is consistent.

Do It in the Dark saved 3,700 kWh of energy in the one week of the competition, compared to the average of the previous two weeks.

COWabunga donated 380 items to Goodwill services last year. This year, our goal is 400, but I have yet to hear the total.

The website URL where information about the sustainability outreach campaign(s) is available:

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