Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.94
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of San Diego
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Alison Sanchirico
Sustainability Coordinator
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:
The Changemaker Challenge

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

The USD Changemaker Challenge is an annual campus-wide competition, with the theme chosen each year by students. The 2015 theme was "Every Drop Counts", around water issues, water rights, and water conservation. Each participant recorded and submitted a 2 minute video which includes:
1. What is the idea to address the challenge?
2. How does the idea contribute to address the challenge?
3. How is the idea feasible? Is it actionable?
4. What is the expected impact of the idea? How will it make a difference?

10 finalists were announced and the winner was judged by public voting based on the impact, impact measurability, and practicality of the projects.


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

The Changemaker Challenge unites the entire campus community around one topic and encourages all students and staff to come up with creative ideas on how to address the topic on campus and in the community. Numerous events and festivals are held throughout both Fall and Spring semesters, educating students on the decided topic. The workshops and the Challenge itself are chances to engage and educate students, faculty, and staff and help them think about these issues in a creative and solvable way.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Dorm Energy Metering

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

The Office of Sustainability partners with Residential Life to sponsor a program to measure the energy usage in the Alcala Vistas Apartments, a sophomore residential housing area. Each apartment in the Palomar Building is metered and a student intern carries out weekly meter readings and publishes them to the residents identifying each apartment by a code known only to its residents. Thus, while not being able to identify names, students can see where their usage stands compared to their peers and receive ideas on how to conserve energy. Tips include limiting phantom power, reducing shower times, and utilizing natural light instead of electricity. At the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, there was an average energy usage reduction of 34%.


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

The Dorm Energy Metering program data has shown trends toward student residents decreasing their energy usage. Tips are emailed and posted to the student residents on a weekly basis, showing their week-to-week energy usage. This campaign is a great opportunity to engage with on-campus residents and encourage them to connect with their resources to conserve and reduce their usage.

This initiative was well received by the students along with encouragement to replicate the same to all other buildings. A measurable outcome of reduced energy consumption of 20 percent was seen in these dorm rooms.


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