Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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University of Ontario Institute of Technology
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and 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:
Plastic water bottle free campus

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

Free reusable water bottles were also offered and distributed to staff and students. Collaborated with Athletics to promote reusable bottles for athletes. Posters were put up around campus to encourage using refillable bottles.

We also engage students and employees in waste reduction and awareness campaigns throughout the year (sorting waste correctly, reusing items, donating items, etc.)


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

Over 550, 000 water bottles have been saved using the hydration stations by August 2018


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

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

The #MugLife Campaign was launched to bring awareness to the amount of disposable coffee cups that are thrown out on campus. Survey's were conducted asking students how often they buy hot beverages on campus in a disposable mug or a reusable mug. Students were asked to sign pledges to avoid using disposable cups.


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

Our food service provider provided us with the number of reusable mug discounts offered and then also with those numbers for the month that the campaign took place. There was a significant increase in the reusable mug discount they offered while the campaign was active, confirming our impact. Over the last year, has implemented the Skip the Straw campaign (to reduce single use straws used on campus) and OCIS along with ARAMARK will collaborate to run campaigns on reduce other single use plastics, replacing with reusable items.


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

The Pollinator Project, which encompasses We Grow Trees initiative (employees and students are given acorns and are challenged to plant and grow then transplant to the campus land), gardening (staff and students are invited on tours and help plant wildflowers, vegetables and herbs, some of which is donated to local soup kitchens) and our greenhouse which will tie into the course curriculum of the the Minor In Sustainability Studies and Plant Biology courses.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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