|Submission Date||March 26, 2018|
University of Connecticut
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
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Office of Envirnmental Policy
Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Name of the campaign:
A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:
EcoMadness is a month long energy and water conservation competition. Each participating building has its own meter which measures the amount of water (in gallons) and the amount of energy (in kilowatt-hours) per day. These numbers are divided by the number of students in the building so we can find the energy and water usage per capita in each dorm. The dorm standings will be updated at least once a week during the competition so that everyone can keep track of the progress they are making. At the end of the month long period, winners will be announced based on who had the largest reduction of energy and water usage and who used the lowest amounts of energy and water overall.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
A recent EcoMadness winner results summary: The dorm that won water use reduction reduced water by 36% during the competition. The dorm that won energy use reduction reduced energy use by 31%.
The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):
Green Game Days are some of our largest outreach events on campus. Every year, for one football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball game, the Office of Environmental Policy partners with UConn Athletics/Athletics Marketing to promote environmental stewardship at sporting events, particularly with regards to recycling. Recycling returns from each event go to EcoHusky or the Campus Sustainability Fund to promote sustainability on campus. Volunteers from EcoHusky, EcoHouse, and other organizations work with interns from the Office of Environmental Policy to promote recycling through give-aways, signs, handouts and friendly reminders at Green Game Days. The Athletics Department announces the Green Game Day effort with loud speakers and uses the large center-screen to promote the cause as well.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
The outreach from Green Game Days is seen by the thousands of fans who attend these events. Also, the football Green Game Days have had recycling numbers more than 1 ton.
In addition, last year's Basketball Green Game Days were the first carbon-free basketball games at UConn. More information on the events can be found here: https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/2017/02/27/first-ever-carbon-free-uconn-basketball-games/
More information on Green Game Days can be found here: https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/green-game-day/
The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
Earth Day Spring Fling (EDSF) is our largest campus sustainability event where we invite eco-friendly vendors and campus groups to table in the center of campus. There is food, music, and plenty of awareness outreach. We also partner with Dining Services who provides local food options (including vegetarian and vegan meals) and uses reusable or compostable dishware to make EDSF a low waste event.
More information can be found here: https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/earth-day-spring-fling/
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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