Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.10
Liaison Kimberly Hodge
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jane Stewart
Energy Specialist
Treasurer's office
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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:
Power Down Challenge

A brief description of the campaign:

The Energy Specialists hold an energy reduction campaign on campus every spring that is a week-long competition between residence halls and houses.


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

The specialists track energy use in housing at random times before the challenge, then advertise the week of the challenge, then track energy use in the houses every night throughout the week. Measurement is collected through meter readings.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
"Trash Tent" campaign

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

The trash tent effort was started in order to have students, staff, faculty, and alumni engage in active recycling, composting, and proper "trash" sorting during large on-campus events. Stations are set-up in a main area during the event where all trash cans, recycling cans, and compost bins are located. The stations are manned by a combination of students and staff, who are trained, to sort people's "trash" during the event.


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

The goals of the effort were to reduce the amount of compostables and recyclables in the landfill and direct them to the proper waste streams, while at the same time educating event-goers. In previous years, everything from large events was bagged and brought to the landfill. Since doing the "trash tents" we usually have only 1-2 bags of actual trash, the rest is properly recycled or composted. We educate event=goers during the event and also highlight these positive outcomes on-site and on our Instagram page.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Every year before the Winter Break, all students in campus housing (including Greek Houses) receive a "Winter Break Energy Checklist" detailing energy conservation steps to take before leaving campus for break, including turning down heat and unplugging personal refrigerators. Students sign the checklist, affirming they have competed all actions, and tape them to their room doors. Any rooms without a posted checklist are entered and audited and checklist items are be completed by staff. Also, campus Energy Specialists perform periodic unoccupied audits of various spaces on campus and leave reminder notes for individuals when items that should be off (eg computers, printers etc) have been left on. Small rewards and notes of congratulation are left at perfect workstations.


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