Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Tyler Arrigo
Program Coordinator- Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:
Lowell Earth Day Festival and Parade

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

The university has supported the Lowell Earth Day Festival and Parade since 2015. We now have a rich network of over 100 community partner organizations and institutions collaborating and taking part in a diverse array of collective programming across the city and region. We have established an annual collaborative, city-wide, month-long celebration of the arts, nature and sustainability. Local businesses, community groups, cultural and artistic organizations, public schools, the community college and the University all play integral roles in programming every year.

This event is targeted at students because it is largely focused on engagement and awareness building with the Greater Lowell community.


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

We now have a diverse network of over 100 community partners.

In 2017, we had over 1,000 participants come through the festival and held a 325+ person downtown parade in Lowell, preceding that event.

The event was featured in a Boston-based newspaper as and event to do with kids over the weekend in 2017 as well.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Fall & Spring Into Recycling

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

Fall & Spring Into Recycling is the Office of Sustainability's premiere recycling outreach program. At no cost to community members, we allow UMass Lowell to bring recyclables to the university on two days each semester. We focus on hard to manage materials like electronics, white goods, and confidential documents.

A full list of accepted materials are:

Secure shredding and recycling services are available for:

- Confidential Paper Documents: Tax documents, receipts, mailings, anything with confidential or personally identifiable information
- Hard drives
- Handheld Devices: Cellphones, Tablets, MP3 players and PDAs
- All electronic devices with hard drives or personal information on them (Laptops and CPUs) are recyclable and will be handled securely

Responsible recycling services are available for the following:
- Computing Equipment and Accessories: Any handheld devices, laptops, CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, cords, and wires
- Audio Visual Equipment: Any sound systems, projectors, microphones
- Appliances: Radios, Air Conditioners, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Stoves, Washer/Dryers
- Televisions: Any CRT Tube and Flat-Screen TVs
- Batteries: Any style or size, including car batteries, lithium ion or rechargables
- Ink & Toner Cartridges: Any style or size
- Light fixtures & Bulbs: Any style

This event is heavily focused on faculty and staff because it really supports those individuals who have established residences and need to sustainably dispose of household materials that accumulate over the years.


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

Fall and Spring Into Recycling annually recycles around 70,000 pounds of goods from the UMass Lowell Community in the 4 days the event is run each year.

It has fostered a fantastic collaboration with the Information Technology: Information Security team where they dismantle


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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