Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date March 4, 2020

STARS v2.2

Warren Wilson College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Margo Flood
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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:
Real Food Challenge Commitment

A brief description of the campaign:

The Real Food Challenge Commitment, augmenting previous food-related sustainability commitments by the College, states that Warren Wilson will procure 40 percent “real food” annually by the year 2020. The Local Foods Crew is charged with monitoring the food purchasing.


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

The national Real Food Challenge seeks to ensure that by 2020 at least 20 percent of college and university food purchases will be in the category of “real food”-local, sustainable, humane and fair in trade. The Warren Wilson agreement is intended to double that percentage. As of January 2020 the College has attained the 20% national goal and continues to pursue the 40% campus goal.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Zero Waste Initiative

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

In 2017, Warren Wilson committed to its own Zero Waste Initiative to divert 90% of all waste from the landfill by 2032 with additional efforts to reach 100% as technology becomes available. This goal is managed by Warren Wilson's student Recycling Crew and its Recycling Manager (staff position). Warren Wilson works closely with all outsourced construction crews on campus to enlist their participation in this goal. In addition, the Crew is constantly developing new practices to accomplish this goal including the following: selling or donating to regional partners items donated to the Free Store that cannot be used on campus; maintaining surplus centers on campus to encourage reuse of items rather than new purchasing; composting all food and grass scraps on campus to reuse this waste as mulch, and many more initiatives.


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

The College continues to make progress toward this goal. In 2018-2019 76.5% of waste was diverted from the landfill.

https://www.warren-wilson.edu/academics/work-program/recycling-crew/


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Waste No Food Campaign: Periodic campaign activities in the dining hall include a Food Waste Table where all the scraps from a meal, that would normally be scraped into the designated compost bins, are placed on a table for all to experience the extent of the campus food waste. Such activities are frequent on campus, postered, and always correlated to persistent food insecurity issues in our region.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data for this report was gathered from Sodexo's on-site Sustainability Marketing Manager and Warren Wilson's Recycling Manager.

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