|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 12, 2014|
University of Maryland, College Park
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign
|5.00 / 5.00||
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:
The name of the campaign(s):
A brief description of the campaign(s):
Green Greek Challenge: From 2009 to 2011, the Office of Sustainability partnered with the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life on the Green Greek Challenge – an initiative to encourage energy and water conservation among residents of Fraternity Row. For eight weeks each fall semester, residents of all 14 houses on Fraternity Row received weekly reports detailing their electricity and water use and overall progress in the competition. In 2012, the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life started a Green Greek Chapter program which will ultimately replace the Green Greek Challenge.
RecycleMania: An annual 8-week competition that challenges colleges across the United States and Canada to collect the most recyclable materials. Materials that are accepted include all paper products (including cardboard, books, mail, magazines, newspapers), bottles, cans, and all items that would go into the single-stream recycling bins. This year the University also competed in two additional categories: food service organics (which includes pre- and post-consumer food waste such as compostable dinnerware and napkins) and electronics. Weekly weigh-ins are used to monitor the amounts that each competing school reports, and to determine which has the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which produces the lowest volume of trash and recycling. The competition aims to generate momentum for recycling efforts around campus so that the University can reach its 2013 goal of a 75% recycling rate.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign(s):
Green Greek Challenge: During each year of the GGC (2009 and 2010), residents on Fraternity Row used 12% less electricity than the pre-GGC (2006-2008) average – saving a total of 217,000 lbs. CO2 and $16,240 in two years.
RecycleMania: University of Maryland's recycling rate during RecycleMania 2013 increased by five percentage points compared to RecycleMania 2012.
The website URL where information about the sustainability outreach campaign(s) is available: