Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.78
Liaison Sarah Rykal
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Stout
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Sarah Rykal
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
RecycleMania

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

UW-Stout participates in RecycleMania, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

In 2012, Stout was ranked 202 out of 265 colleges throughout the United States with a recycling rate of 21%. Out of all the UW colleges, Stout came in between UW-Eau Claire at a rate of 19.15% and UW-Whitewater who had a recycling rate of 26.99%.

In 2013, Stout ranked 115 out of 273 colleges throughout the United States with a recycling rate of 30.60%. Stout placed 5th of all UW schools and 2nd of UW schools that record actual weights.

In 2014, UW-Stout ranked 24th out of 474 colleges and 1st in the UW System.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Biggest Reducer Energy Competition

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

In the Spring semester, UW-Stout's University Housing holds a "Biggest Reducer" energy competition within the residence halls to see which hall can reduce their energy use the most. This is done in tandem with the online Building Dashboard.


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

Reduced electricity consumption within the residence halls. More informed students when it comes to personal behaviors affecting energy use.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:

We Turn Lights Off Here -- energy campaign that includes stickers on all light switches for rooms that do not have light censors, encouraging people to turn off the lights when leaving the room

EnergyWise -- social norming energy and water reduction campaign within the residence halls, encouraging students to use less water and electricity

Just Enough -- social norming energy reduction campaign in administrative and academic department, encouraging faculty and staff to use less energy

I Love Tap Water -- social norming plastic bottle reduction campaign to encourage students, faculty, and staff to reduce single-use plastic bottles and instead use reusable water bottles


Information from the Sustainability Office

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