Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kimberly Reeves
Interim Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Positive Impact Points

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:

PIPs are Positive Impact Points - a ‘currency of change’ - that are earned and redeemed for verifiable daily life behaviors that benefit the planet, community and personal health. Behaviors are tracked and rewarded via the PIPs Rewards App that has been customized for UCCS students.

The PIPs program has been managed through the Office of Sustainability with partnerships of on-campus departments. Actions are identified at the start of the semester to support students to create wellness and sustainability habits. Our department partners assist the program by providing QR codes and/or NFC devices at their events, programs and projects for students to scan and earn PIPs. Once students have earned enough PIPs, they can redeem for scholarships, food gift cards, clothing gift cards, and more. The attached document shows the year and half report including how many scholarships were awarded and gift cards were redeemed. The app also provides measurable outcomes for CO2 reduction per user and overall for the campus community.

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:

Press releases:
Positive Impact Points (PIPs) program returns for fall semester

Colorado colleges back programs to make students better people

How refilling water bottles can help students pay their tuition

Take steps, earn prizes during Walktober

More information about the innovation:

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