|Submission Date||April 4, 2017|
|2.57 / 4.00||
Director of Administration
In Spring 2014 FIE partnered with NUS (the UK National Union of Students - https://www.nus.org.uk/) to run the Student Switch Off campaign (http://studentswitchoff.org/) each Spring and Fall semester. Over 40 UK universities take part.
The Student Switch Off is an energy-saving campaign and inter-residence competition, based on encouraging simple energy saving actions (http://studentswitchoff.org/save-energy/), and sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s. The campaign is focused around a dedicated Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FIELondonSwitch). In 2014 FIE was awarded a GoAbroad Innovation in Sustainability Award for our involvement (http://www.goabroad.com/awards/innovation-awards-2014/).
Throughout the 10-week campaigns, there are various peer-to-peer outreach activities including:
- Photo 'likes' competitions on Facebook and Instagram
- Visits to student residences by NUS staff and FIE ambassadors to see how are students are getting on with the simple energy saving actions (the visits also include photo 'likes' competitions)
- Mid-point Climate Change Quiz - the residence that has the highest percentage of students complete the quiz wins a pizza party
- The residence that has saved the most electricity per student over the 10 weeks (compared to the baseline period) wins a Ben & Jerry's ice cream giveaway
At the start of each Spring and Fall semester, the Student Switch Off is referenced during student orientation sessions, and FIE has a welcome reception event where an NUS staff member attends to run a Student Switch Off table, and recruit students to sign up to the campaign. A few weeks into the semester, there is a training session for student ambassadors. All students are invited to attend, and sign up voluntarily. Sometimes certain students are targeted to be ambassadors, e.g. students who have been awarded FIE's sustainability route scholarship.
Students undergo a 1 hour ambassador training conducted by a sustainability project officer from NUS. Here are the Fall 2016 training slides as an example: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9dtuHGyELSwZDZaV1hGbWFZZDQ/view
Financial support - FIE pays circa £3600 per year to NUS to take part in the Student Switch Off campaign. In addition to that FIE's commits additional funds throughout the campaigns, e.g. to pay for prizes.
Administrative support - 3 FIE staff members coordinate the campaign from the FIE side, in partnership with NUS staff. The staff members come from within FIE's Sustainability Action Group and Residence Life Team. FIE's Facilities Team take responsibility for the electricity data readings at the start, mid-point and end of the campaign.
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.