Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Denver
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Chad King
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainbility
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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):
Real Food Challenge

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

A grassroots approach led by students and directed at students, the Real Food Challenge campaign focused on Sodexo (campus food provider) and the administration in an effort to increase the amount of local and sustainably produced food in campus dining.


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

The Chancellor signed the Real Food Challenge.
The first year of auditing of Sodexo purchasing for dining halls set a baseline from which to improve.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Take Back the Tap

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

The Take Back the Tap campaign is another grassroots campaign with a stated goal of eliminating the sales or distribution of single use bottled water on campus. This campaign featured a robust report of campus practices and total use of bottled water. The campaign focused on point of sales and units who distributed bottled water.


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

The research process led to a clear number of total bottled water sales or giveaways on campus.
This reporting showed decrease of bottled water purchasing during the focal period of over 10% across campus.
Several units changed their approach of giving away bottled water to an on demand basis.
Installation of water filling stations across campus led to a combined measured savings of the equivalent of over one million bottles of water.


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

A campus wide educational campaign that targeted increasing bicycle programs, including mechanics and commuting classes offered on campus, the formation of a campus bike shop, the distribution of self fix bike repair stations, the launching of a student run bike share, and the promotion of the national bike challenge led to a marked increase in the number of people commuting by bicycle reported through the annual transportation survey.


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