Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2021

STARS v2.2

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 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 (Race to Zero-Waste)

A brief description of the campaign:
The University of Ottawa participates in RecycleMania- a friendly competition between colleges and universities to encourage and inform their campus communities on how to recycle, reduce waste, and rethink consumption habits.
Special training and events are offered and the community is encouraged to help achieve the goal established for the year. Community partners are also engaged in order to help spread the message.
https://sustainable.uottawa.ca/recyclemania

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
We increase awareness of how to recycle properly and therefore reduce contamination which means less items are sent to landfill. We measure this through weekly reporting to the community about progress.

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Dump and Run

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
The Dump and Run is a campaign designed to help people engage in the circular economy by collecting items that could be given a second life and donating to the University of Ottawa Free Store. Essentially, people are encouraged to rethink of their waste as a resource that could be used by someone else. The event takes place after every semester with the largest one taking place at the beginning of May. Students moving out of residences are encouraged to donate food and household items. Employees are encouraged to do some spring cleaning of their offices and labs to donate items that they no longer use.
https://sustainable.uottawa.ca/dump-and-run

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
The impact of the campaign is measured through the amount of waste collected at special donation areas. Typically one-third to half of the donations received during the year originated from this one event.

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
Buy Nothing Day Campaign
Brief description: The Free Store had a special opening on November 27th, 2020 for Buy Nothing Day which is a day of protest against consumerism. As a store that encourages reusing, reducing, and recycling on campus, it is an opportunity to provide students with a green option in lieu of Black Friday.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign: Generate awareness of impulse buying and its unsustainability and inform the University community of the meaning behind Buy Nothing Day.

Bike Month Campaign
Brief description: The Office of Campus Sustainability had a one-time monthly giveaway for the month of July (Bike Month), to participate you had to post a picture of yourself and your bike or a picture you took on your bike ride.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign: Promote healthy sustainable transportation and sustainable habits, encouraging others to bike instead of driving or taking the bus to reduce our carbon footprint.

Muggy Mondays Campaign:
Brief description: The Office of Campus Sustainability had a weekly giveaway of fair trade coffee, to participate you had to post a story of you and your favourite reusable mug.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign: Promote sustainability habits, and encourage others to reuse and reduce contamination.

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