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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Matthew Freed
Recycling Coordinator
Physical Plant
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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:
Recyclemania

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

EMU has participated in 5 of the past 6 iterations of the EPA-sponsored Recyclemania. The campaign includes posters across campus, campus-wide emails introducing the event and then updating with current standings, and table tents in the dining hall. We also usually get an article in the student paper toward the end of the competition.


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

Recycling rates: 2008- 33.9%, 2010- 38.7%, 2012- 38.4%
Waste Minimization: 2008- 42lbs/capita, 2010- 36lbs/capita, 2012- 23lbs/capita
The recycling rates have gone up and down but the waste per capita continues to fall, which is the best indicator of overall sustainability (reducing is better than recycling).


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Bicycling Challenge

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

Students and faculty and staff were challenged by the biking co-op to meet a certain mileage on their bikes, and mileage values were tied to incentives such as gift cards to a local bike shop. The promotion ran over a semester, and sought to increase physical activity and decrease dependence on fossil-fuel reliant cars.


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

A number of students and faculty on campus participated in this initiative; for many faculty members, it was easy since they had been commuting back and forth to work already.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
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A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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