Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.03
Liaison Caroline Bruno
Submission Date May 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Williams College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Caroline Bruno
Sustainability Coordinator
Zilkha Center
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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:
Winter Blitz

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

This student-run project engages students and community volunteers to weatherize homes in towns near Williams College during a one-day event in November. Students caulk, install weather stripping, insulate hot water pipes, provide and install energy efficient bulbs, and sometimes even rake the leaves. The goal of the project is to help low-income homeowners prepare for the winter through making their homes more comfortable and energy efficient, promote community ties, and provide students with an opportunity for learning skills and engaging in community efforts.


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

Since its inception in 2008, students and volunteers have weatherized hundreds of houses of low-income and elderly neighbors, which has made a significant impact on the comfort of the homeowners and also increased the energy efficiency of their homes and subsequently saved them money on heating and cooling costs. This also has measurable carbon emission reductions from fuel saved in heating.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Bus with Us

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

Williams is partnering with the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) in multiple pilots to expand bus service between Williamstown, North Adams and Pittsfield. Williams students (and employees) can ride FREE (when showing Williams ID) as they travel to volunteer, work, shop or just explore the Route 2 and Route 7 corridors into North Adams and Pittsfield!

The more we ride the bus, the stronger the case the BRTA will be able to make to the State for more and better service in our region. Students, faculty, and staff can help by taking the bus often and providing feedback


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

Increased ridership, not only among students and employees but also among community members by increasing service. New expanded services were added to Route #3 and travel between Williamstown and Pittsfield


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:

Green Offices - this sustainability campaign is specifically designed to engage faculty and staff.

Green Offices is a voluntary program which aims to increase the sustainability of workspaces at Williams. Learn how to make your office more sustainable and tell us what sustainable practices you're already engaging in by completing the Green Offices checklist. The categories are: Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, Purchasing, Meetings & Events, Recycling, Engagement, Safe, Healthy, & Equitable Work Environment.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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