Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.70
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Boulder
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Marianne Martin
Associate Director
Environmental Center
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
1) Power Smack Down, 2) Eco-Star Challenge, 3) Take Back the Tap

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

1) An energy competition is conducted between rival residence halls (Baker and Libby).

2) A comprehensive energy and recycling competition is conducted by Housing among all residence halls. Competition based on building performance metrics thru 2012. Spring 2013 and Spring 2014 competition restructured to use "One Million Acts of Green" platform to focus on individual participation and impact per person in a residence hall context.

3) Encouraging students, faculty and staff to not use single-use water bottles. COPIRG student group launched Take Back the Tap campaign 2011-2012. CU Recycling outreach program continues campaign.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

1) An online web site with direct energy monitoring details the different energy consumption between the two dorms.
2) Semesterly summaries of the results are posted in the residence halls and online. Spring 2014 results: 22% of all residence hall students (1390) participated in the platform. The top-ranking hall had 93% participation with 307 out of 331 students who logged sustainability actions.
3) CU has added 45 water bottle refill stations in the past 2 years. Global Jam convocation has mobile water refill stations with NO single-use water bottles in Fall 2013.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Buff Energy Star

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

An annual comprehensive energy conservation program rewards admin/academic building proctors for decreased energy consumption.


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

The goal of the Buff Energy Star program is to reduce energy consumption, reduce campus CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts of energy usage, and provide energy conservation learning opportunities. The combined conservation efforts by all Buff Energy Star program participants for the 2011-12 fiscal year resulted in total energy savings of more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours, a cost savings of some $162,000. The total reduction of carbon dioxide emissions amount to more than 2.5 million pounds.

Leading Buff Energy Star buildings reported energy savings ranging from 6 percent to more than 15 percent. Specific actions that resulted in savings included applying solar film to south facing windows, consolidating lab and office equipment, adjusting temperature settings and building schedules, updating weather stripping and other insulation, enabling power-management features on computers and other office equipment, reporting energy waste to the campus conservation hotline, and participating in building energy audits.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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