Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.20
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Ottawa
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jonathan Rausseo
campus sustainability manager
physical resources service
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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:
PaperCut

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

The University of Ottawa's Office of Campus Sustainability is currently piloting a campaign project in the Facilities building on campus which aims to reduce the amount of printed paper in the offices. The campaign has included internal outreach to staff using email notifications, posters on all printers informing staff of the economic and environmental costs of printing, and the slow removal of personal printers in offices to transition staff to going paperless.


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

The Campus Sustainability Manger has been recording the reduction in paper printing since the initiation of the campaign with a decrease of 40% in pages printed using a reduction of 5 personal printers and outreach to staff.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Lonely Bin Removal

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

The Office of Campus Sustainability is currently pursuing a pilot project to remove personal trash cans from office spaces to encourage the use of recycling stations and increase the waste diversion rate on campus. The first stage of the project was to reduce the collection frequency of personal trash bins from offices from five days a week to once a month. The second stage has been to work with employees to slowly remove personal bins altogether from office spaces. This is currently underway with several personal bins being removed from EcoChampion offices.


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

By removing personal trash cans from beside desks, we are encouraging staff to use the existing recycling infrastructure in corridors and central spaces. These waste stations are equipped with more than garbage but with recycling of paper, plastic, metal, glass, compost, e-waste, and liquid dispensaries. This allows us to ensure more items are diverted properly and prevent contamination of the waste stream.


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:

The University of Ottawa is continually engaged in campaigns that encourage the refusal of bottled water products (by not allowing university retailers to sell bottled water and undertaking outreach efforts to inform the campus community on why we oppose the privatization of public water resources) and by encouraging the use of reusable mugs and consumption of fair trade products (through our fair trade campus certification and Muggy Mondays weekly events which give free, fair-trade coffee to campus members that bring their own reusable mug).


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