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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 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Briar Schoon
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management 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:
EcoChallenge

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

EcoChallenge gives you the tools and inspiration to reduce your impact on the planet and contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future — while engaging the people in your life and having fun in the process. You choose a Challenge that stretches your comfort zone, stick with it for two weeks, and make a difference for you, your community and the planet.

Our EcoChallenge teams comprised of 155 participants who racked up 21,027 total points, making an impressive impact together. Some of us focused on reducing waste for the EcoChallenge, while others tried out healthier meals, or better utilized alternative transportation, or simply took the time to unplug and get outdoors.


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

Collectively the PCC teams’ impact included:

-3,418 pounds of CO2 saved
-10,087 gallons of water saved
-1,038 plastic bottles not sent to the landfill
-235 disposable cups not sent to the landfill
-32 pounds of food waste composted
-8 pounds of paper saved
-65 light bulbs replaced
-566 miles traveled by carpool
-160 miles traveled by bus
-130 miles traveled by foot
-48 miles traveled by bike
-406 meatless meals
-193 organic meals
-42 zero-waste meals
-24 locally sourced meals
-111 people helped
-9,349 minutes spent outdoors
-8,955 minutes not spent in front of a screen
-5,205 minutes spent exercising
-1,230 minutes of additional sleep
-16 hours volunteered
-1 neighbor met
-2 conversations with friends


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Strategic Energy Management

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

Our Rock Creek campus participated in the Energy Trust of Oregon's Strategic Energy Management program, which emphasized operational, mechanic and occupant efficiencies to reduce energy consumption. A major focus of this effort was a behavior change outreach campaign. This included information on energy consumption and dollars spent; presentations on best practices; a good cube/bad cube energy model at in-service; an eco challenge focused on energy consumption; energy saving techniques in monthly emails sent by the President; a night audit completed by students and posters/prompts in offices and stickers above light switches.


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

As a whole, these efforts resulted in savings of 403,315 kwh of electricity and 34,884 therms of natural gas this year. These savings came with a projected overall cost avoidance of $56,335 in utilities for the year, and they also netted PCC over $19,700 in additional cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon!


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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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.