|Submission Date||Jan. 31, 2020|
University of Delaware
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
|4.00 / 4.00||
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:
Student interns conducted a number of outreach activities to try and engage their peers in better waste / recycling practices. These included RecycleMania, tabling events, chalking, conducting surveys, presentations before classes and student organizations, social media outreach, and creating short videos from field trips to our local recycling facility.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Students collect data from survey results, "Peek & Pie Chart" data collection, waste audits, and waste hauler collection. We have noticed an increased level of student body support / awareness of recycling and waste issues. We also see increased knowledge and skills related to what is / is not recycling on campus after students have seen our presentations or engaged with student intern ambassadors. Also, UD Grounds has access to all data collected, and uses it to improve waste collection services or infrastructure.
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):
We engaged with the College of Mechanical Engineering to challenge student teams to design lids for our dumpsters. Students were given access to a 'standard' dumpster and asked to prevent litter from blowing out and also exclude rain and animals. We also expected easy usability of the dumpster lid, as users are typically carrying heavy or bulky loads. Students delivered a dumpster lid design, which we are considering for large-scale role out.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Students got hands-on experience in designing a useful, multi-faceted and demanding product. They interfaced with experienced industry professionals in a unique work area. They also engaged in technical challenges, such as corrosion and weather-resistance. Students were graded by their professors and 'clients' on a performance matrix that included technical metrics, professionalism, communications skills, etc.
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:
UD Facilities conducted a trial behavior change study about energy savings in the General Services Building in winter 2017-2018. Employees were encouraged to use basic energy saving techniques in their office spaces, and also to report how / when they were using electricity in their offices. Useage patterns were tracked at the circuit level and attributed to each unit. The best performing unit was recognized and rewarded a gift card.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission: