Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.64
Liaison William Cocke
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of North Texas
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Todd Spinks
Director
UNT Sustainability
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
Bring Your Own Bottle

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

The Bring Your Own Bottle program is sponsored by UNT Sustainability. The BYOB program encourages individuals to make the choice to use a reusable bottle as opposed to a disposable one.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

The University of North Texas is proud to provide multiple filtered water fountains on campus to help you refill your reusable water bottle. As a result, fewer plastic bottles will up in a landfill.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Office Certification Program

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

To increase campus support of sustainability initiatives, The We Mean Green Office Certification Program (WMG-OCP) seeks to promote a positive behavior change that encourages innovative responses to sustainability challenges. This program targets campus operations by engaging UNT Professionals to identify ways to contribute to the social, economic, and environmental vitality of UNT. While the program's focus directly reflects the various goals and mission of the university as they relate to sustainability leadership, it focuses on individual actions and behaviors. The idea is that it takes the individual actions and behaviors of the campus community to bring a policy or master plan to fruition.


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

Cost-Savings

Sustainable practices often result in short- and long-term cost savings. The WMG-OCP addresses areas with the greatest potential for reducing costs, such as energy consumption, waste management, purchasing, and printing.

Reduce Carbon Emissions

Many of these cost saving practices also reduce the carbon footprint of the university.
The WMG-OCP provides information, aid, and incentives to not only reduce fossil fuel consumption, but also to substitute away from high carbon-emitting production practices through recycling and purchasing decisions.

Positive Behavioral Changes

Reductions in costs, carbon emissions, and waste streams can be achieved in a variety of ways—incentives, coercion, and mandates, to name a few—but establishing a sustainable culture on campus is the only true way to realize the full benefits of these practices.
This is why the WMG-OCP seeks to establish a community that fosters information sharing, green innovations and sustainable partnerships both internally and with the local community through positive behavioral changes to reach the goals of the university.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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