Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.24
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Louisville
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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? :
Yes

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?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Ecolympics / Campus Conservation Nationals / Bluegrass Unplugged

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

Campus Conservation Nationals / Bluegrass Unplugged
Each spring UofL competes nationally and locally against Kentucky schools in the "Bluegrass Unplugged" competition to reduce electricity use on campus. This began with UofL's participation in Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, the first nationwide electricity reduction competition on university campuses, with over 150 campuses and 250,000 students across North America participating. Each spring, for a three week period, UofL competes to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in its twelve residence halls, four with Building Dashboard real-time monitoring systems. Prizes are awarded to Conservation Heroes throughout the competition and to the winning residence hall at the end.


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

Ecolympics 2018:

Feb 12-Mar 4, 2018
Total savings -1.56Kkilowatt-hours
Participants
Bettie Johnson Hall 19.9% reduced
Louisville Hall 6.5% reduced
Threlkeld Hall 6.3% reduced
Unitas Tower 5.1% reduced
Billy Minardi Hall 4% reduced
Miller Hall 3% reduced
University Tower Apartments 2.7% increased
Community Park 8.4% increased
Kurz Hall 18.8% increased

Ecolympics 2015:
UofL residents battled it out to reduce energy use during the 2015 Campus Conservation Nationals February 9th to March 1st. Threlkeld Hall finished first with an overall 2.3% reduction in electricity use, followed by UTA with a 1.1% reduction. As grand champions, the residents of Threlkeld received a special in-house dinner catered by Mark's Feed Store on April 16th. During the meal, residents brainstormed possible projects to be part of their Green Renovation award. Thanks to the resident's energy-conscious actions, over the summer of 2015, the Threlkeld lobby got a brand new water bottle filling station and bikeshare system.

CCN 2014:
From February 10 to March 2, 2014, UofL students competed to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in their residence halls. Results are below:
Threlkeld Hall (8.7% reduction)
Cardinal Towne (6.5% reduction)
Kurz Hall (5.8% reduction)
Louisville Hall (5.3% reduction)
Billy Minardi Hall (4.9% reduction)
Unitas Hall (3.0% reduction)
The Complex (West, Center & Wellness) (2.4% reduction)
University Tower Apartments (UTA) (0.8% reduction)
Community Park (0.4% reduction)
Miller Hall (0.7% INCREASE)
Bettie Johnson Hall (43.1% INCREASE)


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
RecycleMania

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

UofL competes annually in the national RecycleMania competition to encourage recycling and waste reduction. RecycleMania is a friendly annual competition among college and university recycling programs in North America. During this 8 week period, UofL employees and students work across the entire university to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise awareness of conservation issues across campus!

UofL's efforts were spotlighted in the 3/29/12 RecycleMania Week 8 Bulletin: "The University of Louisville promoted RecycleMania in as many ways as they could; posting signs in residence halls, yard signs on campus, painting a window in the main dining facility and putting the competition on the campus news page. University of Louisville also took the opportunity to promote the competition during their basketball games, which are broadcasted nationally. A "Big Head" was purchased for students to hold up to promote recycling and the competition. The Green Committee served as Garbage Guards for a week during lunch in their main dining facility diverting students from the trash cans towards the recycling bins."


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

In the Diversion Category, UofL was #1 in the state and 19th out of 171 nationally, with an over all Recycling Rate of 57% during the 8 week competition from Feb 4th to March 31st, 2018.


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:
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