|Submission Date||July 24, 2015|
Virginia Commonwealth University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator
Facilities Management - Office of Sustainability
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?:
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?:
The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):
The recycling rate increased from 2010 in the corrugated cardboard and bottles and cans categories, showing a measured positive impact.
The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
VCU participated in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), which is the largest electricity and water reduction competition for colleges and universities in the world.
CCN is an opportunity to organize students and staff, host educational events, and challenge students and staff to participate in fun events that can have an immediate and lasting impact on your school’s carbon emissions and campus culture. CCN is jointly organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Lucid, National Wildlife Federation, and Alliance to Save Energy.
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
All of the residence halls that competed reduced energy use during the competition period.
The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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