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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.

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Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Middlebury College
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Doug Adams
Associate Dean of Students
Center for Campus Activities & Leadership
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Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

The name of the campaign(s):
Power Strip Challenge, Small Footprint Certification

A brief description of the campaign(s):

For Power Strip, teams of students competed to use the least amount of electricity over the course of two weeks. During the first week, participants did not change their normal behaviors and measured their baseline electricity usage. During the second week, they employed energy-saving techniques. Each team member tracked their individual energy use by plugging all of their electronic devices into a Kill-a-Watt meter. The team to reduce by the most kilowatt-hours won a prize of $100 and $25 Kiva gift cards.

In Fall of 2010, the Residential Sustainability Coordinators (RSCs) and the Sustainability Integration Office sponsored a Small Footprint Certification program. The RSCs performed checks of students' rooms and behaviors using a small footprint checklist. Based on how many of the checklist criteria were met, students were either not certified, certified at the basic level, or gold certified. Participants were entered in drawings for gift card to the campus bookstore.


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

Together, all 10 teams conserved 108 kWh of electricity, which was an average reduction of 56 percent. Over 200 students were Small Footprint certified.


The website URL for the campaign:
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