Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.00
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date March 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Vassar College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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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:
Halloweekend Waste Reduction

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

Signs with Halloween themed illustrations and slogans were printed and posted around campus in order to reduce the high increase in waste and vandalism associated with Halloween weekend.


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

The Office received a number of positive comments from the community, including dorm leadership and the student government, on the signage.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
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Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Wellness Walking Challenge

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

Each year our Employee Wellness Initiative runs a walking contest between college employees, challenging them as teams to walk the most steps. The competition is a month long and more than 200 employees regularly compete. Everyone receives a pedometer to track their steps and the winning team receives reusable water bottles. As a residential campus there was a large increase during the month of people electing to walk or bike to work and/or walking to lunch as a way to get their 10k daily steps in.


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

Over the course of the month long competition the average number steps taken per team each week increased from 40k to 57k to 62k to 65k. Roughly 25% of all employees participated and together they walked more than 8.1 million steps.


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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