|Submission Date||Nov. 4, 2019|
University of Minnesota, Duluth
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
|4.00 / 4.00||
Sustainability Activities Coordinator
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? :
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?:
Name of the campaign:
A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:
Every spring/March we celebrate World Water Day at UMD. We featured people from across disciplines and campus on their reusable water bottle styles on social media, and we leave new, reusable water bottles around campus with tags that say "Take Me" and describe the reasons using a reusable water bottle is good for the environment and their pocketbook.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Students became more aware of the positive impacts of carrying your own water bottle as well as how campus supports those who bring them by providing water bottle filling stations on campus. Water bottles were given away to students as well.
The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):
The UMD Office of Sustainability has offered Green Office Certification to departments since 2013. Departments who sign up are rated for Energy, Waste, and Transportation, using spreadsheets/point system. The aim of the program is less about the "score" and more about started a discussion in a department and getting sustainability on the minds of people who make decisions on resource issues.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Few Departments/Offices have participated in the program in the past year, so the program is under consideration for a major overhaul. In Fall 2019, an environmental education student will be hired to evaluate options for a new, revamped employee education effort and programming.
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:
Campus Move-Out: An annual Campus Move-Out campaign urges students to donate, re-use, and swap furniture to save useful items from ending up in the landfill. Many items that are donated through the apartments/residence halls collections end up in an annual Free Store, hosted by the Office of Sustainability.
Energy Conservation campaigns:
UMD Sustainability Office engages the campus to save energy during Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break, by sending reminders to close windows, power down, unplug, close fume hoods, and switch off lights and equipment.
Employee Wellness Collaborative:
Promoting a healthy active lifestyle for all employees including sustainability practices such as taking the bus or walking to campus.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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