Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 8, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Arkansas
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Eric Boles
Office for Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Gamer4Good Pilot Programs

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The Office for Sustainability conducted two tests in collaboration with Gamer 4 Good, a company dedicated to reinventing recycling for the digital age. The experiment’s main goal was to determine whether creating a competitive gaming platform for recycling would generate enough incentive for students at the university to increase recycling activity.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The Alpha test involved collaborating with 118 participants from three Honors Economics classes who recycled material during a 10-day period totaling at 292 pounds. This experiment increased the overall rate of can and bottle recycling for the month of October by seven percent. The Beta test focused on engaging Greek life on campus, which included eight houses. These students collected 2,423 pounds of plastics, aluminum cans, and cardboard over a two week period, representing what an average U of A student would recycle in 12 years.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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