Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date Aug. 27, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Commonwealth University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Parker Long
Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator
Facilities Management - Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution held a 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 a 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:
Green Recognition for Offices and Workspaces (GROW)

A brief description of the campaign:
The Green Recognition for Offices and Workspaces (GROW) program is a sustainability engagement opportunity targeting faculty and staff. The program will help facilitate conversations regarding best sustainability practices for your workplace. It is easy to participate and receive recognition for your office and workspace. See the information below and sign-up today! Purpose of GROW: - To better understand behavior and practices related to sustainability in offices and workspaces on campus; - To increase discussion on ways to improve sustainable practices on both the individual and department levels; and - To increase awareness, build community and empower faculty and staff to make positive, healthy changes in their offices and workspaces. URL: https://sustainability.vcu.edu/get-involved/employee-engagement/

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
The positive impacts of the campaign included an increase in the percentage of recycled content paper and office supplies that were purchased across the university, as well as an increase in the universities recycling diversion rate.

Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Residence Hall Energy Challenges

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Energy Challenges for residential students have been held each semester or year since 2013. These challenges encourage students to take steps to reduce energy consumption in residence halls, where they have the most opportunity to effect significant change. Students track a building's energy consumption in real time via the Lucid Building Dashboard. These challenges are logged via the competition application and are viewable on the dashboard. As a result of student efforts, reductions in energy consumption have been noted most years. Students were engaged and encouraged to participate by the Hall Council's Eco Rep as well as event marketing by the Office of Sustainability. URL: https://sustainability.vcu.edu/get-involved/student-engagement/aspire.html

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.

A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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