Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.43
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
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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:
RecycleMania

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

Each year, UW-Whitewater is involved in the nationwide competition to reduce waste called RecycleMania. This program focuses on creating awareness in students, faculty, and staff, and creating a desire to reduce waste as part of a competitive campaign.

As well as being involved in the competition division of the competition on a national level, UW-Whitewater also holds a similar competition between the residence hall students. Each residence hall complex (consisting of one, two, or three halls) competes against the others. Weekly measurements are reported by our waste disposal partner, and weekly prizes for improvement, highest recycling percentage, and best waste minimization are awarded. Prizes are awarded at the end of the ten week competition for the three categories as well.

The entire campus of UW-Whitewater participates in all ten weeks of this campaign (the two bench-marking weeks and the eight competition weeks) every January, February, and March.


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

To determine the overall effectiveness of this program, the Housing Sustainability Coordinator performs calculations and determines prizes for the entire competition, including those that focus on improvement and waste minimization. The majority of residence hall complexes and academic buildings typically show an improvement between the bench-marking weeks and the end of the competition. The primary calculations performed are a week-over-week percentage reduction analysis, as well as a three week average trailing analysis of recycling and trash numbers (first three week average compared to second three week average compared to third three week average, etc.). These three week averages are used to determine total improvement throughout the competition.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
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A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):
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A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
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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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http://recyclemaniacs.org/

The participation in national campaigns is an important priority for our sustainability program. Even though we've been able to recognize improvement in our performance, there is a great deal of opportunity that still exists to widen the awareness level of these initiatives on our campus, particularly outside of Residence Life.

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