Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.92
Liaison Gretchen Vanicor
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Monica Rowand
Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Energy Week

A brief description of the campaign:

In 2019 and 2020 we held “Energy Week” in conjunction with Residential Life and the Sustainability RA’s. This was a week of programming related to energy efficiency. Signs went up throughout residence halls and the Student Union with tips for saving energy. We also posted energy tips on social media and on digital signs throughout campus. RAs tabled with an energy bike that demonstrated the benefit of lightbulbs that use fewer watts. They also facilitated an LED lightbulb exchange where residents could trade incandescent desk lamp bulbs for LEDs.


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

We estimate at least 500 residents were reached with signage and events. A total of 75 LED lightbulbs were exchanged with incandescent bulbs in 2019 and 2020.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Weigh the Waste

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

For the past 3-4 years the Office of Sustainability has worked with Dining Services on “Weigh the Waste”, a campaign meant to decrease the amount of food wasted by students in the AYCE dining hall. Twice per semester we weigh all remaining edible food items left on diners (mostly students) plates before they take their plates to the corral.


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

In Fall of 2019, the first Weigh the Waste event of the semester showed about .25 pounds of food were waste per meal sold that day. Later that semester, the waste decreased to .18 pounds of waste per meal sold. The dining hall has begun using smaller plates and Sodexo has implemented training and measurement techniques that reduce the amount of food waste generated back of house as well.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Winter Shutdown - Leading into Winter Break we run a campaign encouraging all staff and faculty to complete a checklist of actions that will save the University energy over the weeks that campus is shutdown. This is called Winter Shutdown and similar outreach is done with on-campus residents as well. A call for action request is put in the weekly all faculty/staff email, shutdown checklists are email to deans and administrative assistants for all departments asking them to make sure their faculty follow the checklist and the items are completed in common areas. Computer Lab managers are asked to shutdown and unplug computers in labs and Office of Sustainability students then perform an audit to check this is completed.

https://sustainability.louisiana.edu/winter-shutdown-energy-savings/218


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