|Submission Date||March 5, 2020|
University of Saskatchewan
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
|4.00 / 4.00||
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Office of Sustainability
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? :
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?:
Name of the campaign:
A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:
Over the course of a week in October, the Office of Sustainability hosts numerous events and initiatives that aim to highlight sustainability at the U of S and empower student and employee groups to host their own events or initiatives. Highlights of Campus Sustainability Week include:
- ART*Cycled, an exhibition of senior sculpture student art made with reclaimed materials taken from the university's surplus assets warehouse;
- A Sustainability Expo to showcase student groups;
- Documentary film nights hosted by the various sustainability-focused student groups;
- Lecture nights featuring prominent local environmental sustainability professionals or advocates;
- A winter cycling and bike maintenance workshop hosted by the Office and local cycling groups;
- A special edition of our monthly Campus Farmer's Market and Sustainability Swap;
- Student workshops aimed at teaching sustainable life skills such as zero waste practices; and
- Many other activities varying from year to year.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
The week is an anticipated annual occurrence and receives positive feedback from students, staff, and faculty alike each year. The Office of Sustainability measures event attendance and feedback and tracks facilitators.
The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):
The Work Green workplace champions program is an outreach program designed to engage university employees, educate them on sustainability issues at the university, and empower them to lead their own initiatives and events to further sustainability causes on campus.
In October 2019, Work Green Champions were invited to attend a special design thinking for sustainability workshop. Attending Champions learned the principles of the design thinking framework and how to apply it towards complex behavioural sustainability problems. Staff members worked together with Champions from different departments and units across campus to identify common sustainability issues and design solutions around them that could be carried out by Work Green Champions and their offices. The results of their work was shared with the entirety of Work Green following the workshop and plans are in place to implement three of their chosen solutions:
1) Workplace Small Changes Challenge
2) Sustainability Checkstops across campus
3) Reusable laboratory glassware/plastics program
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Work Green Sustainability Champion numbers continue to increase year over year as do Work Green grant funding requests and amounts. The results of the Work Green Fall Design Workshop are kept on file at the Office of Sustainability and were shared with Champions through their regular newsletter.
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 website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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