Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.59
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date July 29, 2016
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STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Julie Price
Sustainability Coordinator
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Move Out, Don't Throw Out!

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
Move Out, Don't Throw Out is an innovative campaign to divert the maximum amount of discarded items from dorm moveout to good uses. We had not previously had a formal partnership with a non-profit along with a communication campaign, and students were on their own to send items to better use. A student submitted an idea to our 2015 Sustainability Investment Fund for money to buy signs and banners to promote student-based donation. That student's application started a larger conversation wherein we (UAB Sustainability and UAB Housing and Residence Life) cultivated a partnership with Salvation Army (2 years running now) for daily pickups from each of our residence halls during the 10 days of moveout/finals. The unified collection includes cardboard dumpsters, cleaning supplibraries (for swapping while cleaning rooms out and then excess goes to Salvation Army), furniture and other small household goods, non-perishable food, personal care items, etc. We blitz the students through social media, RA’s, and the university email newsletters, and also put banners in the lobbies of res halls and yard signs along the path to the dumpster. See attached for rendering of signage. Last year we collected enough to furnish 25 of their transitional housing units.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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