Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.90
Liaison Sarah Stoeckl
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Robyn Hathcock
Recycling Coordinator
Campus Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution held a 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 a 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:
RecycleMania

A brief description of the campaign:
RecycleMania is a competition that promotes recycling and waste reduction at colleges and universities. The competition lasts for 8 weeks. The UO has continued to participate in the Per Capita Classic category of RecycleMania, which includes comparing total of basic recyclables (paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans) averaged by the total .FTE for the campus including all employees and students. The goals of UO's participation in RecycleMania are to increase awareness about the importance of recycling correctly on campus, to showcase waste reduction and reuse activities during events, and continue a connected rival school competition, called the Oregon Classic, between UO and Oregon State University. Activities have included recycled shirt screenprinting and recycled material craft tabling. Between 2017-2019, these RecycleMania related activities had collective attendances of 211 (screenprinting) and 492 (recycled crafts). Each event was open to the public 2-4 hours.

URL: https://cpfm.uoregon.edu/recyclemania

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
Recycling markets have changed in the last several years and what is accepted for recycling has decreased. These circumstances have created a larger focus on reducing waste through reuse for the UO Zero Waste Program and Office of Sustainability. The UO community continues to be committed participants in the recycling process. RecycleMania thus creates a continued opportunity to raise awareness about waste, waste management, and waste reduction.

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Office Certification Program

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
The Green Office Scorecard tracks office sustainability across seven categories including: prerequisites, energy, materials management, purchasing, transportation, events, and disaster preparedness. Offices are awarded a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum level certification by completing and submitting a scorecard.

https://cpfm.uoregon.edu/GRO

The Green Office program is creating a network of office champions who are actively reducing the environmental impacts of their work and workplaces.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Approximately 50 departments across campus have been certified for Green Office Program, engaging hundreds of staff. The program was reviewed and revamped in Fall of 2015, and new GO Certifications are announced on Earthday. Generally 1-2, 90-minute lunch orientations for the GO program are held each year. Announcements for orientations are sent to a list of over 750 staff, information about the orientations is posted on the Office of Sustainability website, and the orientation information information is included in our system alerting staff to educational opportunities. UO has directly trained over 100 staff members through the lunch orientations, who then champion green and resilient practices in their offices. Additionally, certified offices are given an electronic seal to use on their webpage and in publications to note that they have been certified, spread awareness, and increase engagement.

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
Reusable Diningware Campaign
An educational campaign in campus dining venues promoted the reusable diningware program launched in Fall 2019, resulting in 3168 interactions during Fall quarter related to reusable diningware in campus dining venues and residence hall over four days of outreach.

Week 1 and Move-Out Educational Tabling
During the first week of the academic year, tabling serves mainly new students to educate them on acceptable materials in waste stream, waste reduction best practices, and options to pursue further waste reduction. Collectively, in the first week of each Fall term 2017-2019, 1422 students received this information. This number represents about 10% of the students living on campus. During the final week of the academic year, tabling serves to educate residents about the on-campus donation drive and tips on proper sorting, which encourages reuse and recycling over disposal. Collectively in the final week of the Spring term of 2018 and 2019, residents interacted with staff at the table to receive this encouragement.

Community Plastics Collection Events
In 2019, 200+ attendees participated in first event in spring and 600+ attendees at second event in fall. These events involved both volunteers (spring) and student sustainability ambassadors (fall) to educate attendees. Participants included a mix of campus and local community.

Residence Hall Zero Waste Education Workshop
Presentation of zero education and sorting activity to residence hall students requesting a workshop for their halls. The average rate for this engagement is 2-3 halls per year.

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
---

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.