Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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STARS v2.1

The University of Texas at Dallas
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
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:
Earth Week

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

Each year, the UT Dallas community comes together to celebrate sustainability and environmental practices through interactive and educational events and programs during Earth Week. With the assistance of valued partners, Earth Week is brought to UT Dallas by the Office of Student Volunteerism and the Office of Sustainability


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

During this 2018 campaign, the positive impacts include:

Over 854 Participants
4 Honey Bee Hives Installed on Campus
90 Ounces of Honey Harvest
428 Pounds of Electonic Waster Appropriately Recycled
591 Students Educated about local environmental & sustainability initiatives
101 Milkweed Seedlings transplanted into the Monarch Waystation
109 Wildflower Seed Balls Casted
85 Pairs of Shoes created from upcycled denim
12 Pounds of Onion, Kale and Lettuce Harvest from the Community Garden
16 tomato, melon and papper plants transplanted into the Community Garden
359.75 hours and $8,882.23 of volunteer time.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Composting Pre/Post Consumer Waste

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

The program was developed at the request of students and in collaboration with University Housing, Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability. The University of Texas at Dallas has implemented new composting initiatives to reduce food waste on campus and support the best sustainable practices.
1. Educating students during Dining Hall West peak times in order to explain the benefits of composting and how to use the composting bins.
2. Educating Students about the new Comet Composting Program that will provide small composting “caddies” for students living in on-campus apartments.


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

Since 2012, when UTD began tracking how much food waste was collected for compost, we have composted 420,720 pounds of food waste, diverting 81 metric tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Over 14,000 lbs. of food waste was diverted for composting in Sept. & Oct. 2018.

During the 2018 spring semester, volunteers recovered more than 1,224 pounds of food on campus and delivered it to Hope’s Door New Beginning Center, a nonprofit organization in Plano that helps women and children who are affected by family violence and need shelter.


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:

Green Office (Employees)
This program is designed to be a fun, user-friendly, and engaging tool to help assess how “green” UTD is operating on a department, office, and individual level. Offices can rank as platinum, gold, silver, or bronze based on the sustainable practices that have been implemented by the department. The Green Office Certification Program is a tool that adopts sustainable practices and helps build a culture of stewardship on campus.

Positive Impacts: Ambassadors from each office that is participating ensures that communication and education is provided to their office to advance the use of sustainable practices in the office. Recycling and Conservation of water, energy, and supplies have all been implemented in participating offices.

Sustainable Labs
The Sustainable Labs program is a pilot program targeting teaching labs in order to help reduce the environmental impact of laboratories at UT Dallas. There are three categories to the Sustainable Labs initiative: Waste Minimization and Recycling, Energy Conservation, and Sustainable Chemistry.


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