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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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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:
Putting the Dirt back in Earth Day

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

As part of our broader Earth Week celebrations this year, the Sustainability Office chose to highlight sustainable growing methods, and we had our Community Garden project manager give a lecture on permaculture growing techniques, and how they can be incorporated to your average at home garden. Additionally, we worked with different courses and instructors to spread that message, and bring Laura (project manager and authority on permaculture) to other courses and excite students about more sustainable growing methods. The following day, we also had a work part at the community garden site, with many campus community members and members of the greater Licton Springs community.


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

We directly spoke with over 80 students throughout the multiple talks on permaculture and sustainable agriculture, and logged well over 50 volunteer hours the following day at the work party. Summer 2014.

Continual efforts include the Sustainability Office signing up staff and students for 6 plots in the P-Patch that can demonstrate "Building a Sustainable Community." Efforts include donating crops, providing education outreach events, and participating in group clean-ups and neighborhood gatherings.


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

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

NSC participates in the yearly Eco-Challenge every October. The Student Leadership Sustainability Board tables our welcome back to school event and signs up staff, faculty and students to reduce their global footprint by focusing categories that include energy, water, food and transportation. Included below are the stats for the 2016 effort: https://2016.ecochallenge.org/


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

up to 30 miles traveled by carpool
up to 19 locally sourced meals consumed
up to 20 light bulbs replaced
up to 2,005 minutes spent outdoors
up to 128 organic meals consumed
up to 123 disposable cups not sent to the landfill
up to 12 outdoor meals consumed
up to 366 pounds of CO2 have been saved
up to 9 pounds of paper have been saved
up to 122 miles traveled by bike
up to 110 miles traveled by foot
up to 369 plastic bottles not sent to the landfill
up to 1,710 minutes of additional sleep
up to 23 pounds waste composted
up to 2,666 gallons of water have been saved
up to 1,430 minutes not spent in front of a screen
up to 3 hours volunteered
up to 120 meatless meals consumed
up to 1,980 minutes spent exercising
up to 67 zero-waste meals consumed
up to 301 miles traveled by bus


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:

Another campaign that the sustainability office led in Spring 2017 was integrating compost bins into staff break-rooms and campus events. Data was collected over the course of a month and almost a ton of organic waste was diverted from the landfill. This program is now ongoing and supported by the facilities staff and sustainability office.


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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