Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date June 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Texas at Austin
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kristin Phillips
Communications and Events Coordinator
Office of 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:
Longhorn Lights Out

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

Longhorn Lights Out is a monthly campus wide campaign for students, faculty, and staff to reduce their lighting and plug loads on a specified date. Student organizations assist the Energy & Water Conservation Program (who manages the campaign) by going through buildings and turning off unnecessary lights during the designated time period. Campus occupants are encouraged to participate and the UT Tower is dark on these days as well.

Longhorn Lights Out is UT-Austin's campus-wide event where occupants reduce energy by turning off lights, unplugging unnecessary electronics and powering down computer equipment (check with your IT staff first) the last Friday of every month. It is an example of how simple actions can have a BIG impact.

Longhorn Lights Out is contributing to ways to conserve energy and water at The University of Texas at Austin. It comes from the students who make our campus-wide efforts rock, the faculty whose years of research and commitment to energy conservation inspire us, and from the staff who are often the eyes and ears of our program.

President's Sustainability Steering Committee gave the charge for campus to reduce both energy and water use by 20 percent by the year 2020. We are contributing to that charge, and with your help, we can meet--and exceed--our conservation goals.


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

Since LLO first began in the Spring of 2013, we have held 36 student events, with a total of 169,931 kWh of savings. In total, over 5.060 volunteers participated, and turned off over 101,537 lights, while going to an average of 15 buildings per event!


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A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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