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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 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kimberly Post
Community-Based Learning Director
Community-Based Learning
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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:
April/ Earth Day Energy Conservation Contest

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

This contest is held to see which building can reduce its electricity use the greatest during the three week campaign ending on Earth Day when compared to the use leading up to the contest. The res halls compete against res halls and academic buildings compete against each other. This contest has been held since individual electricity meters have been installed in each res hall/academic building. This is the 5th year that we have held this contest. We give away $500 in cash prizes by lottery in the res hall that reduces energy use the greatest. In the academic buildings, we give prizes by lottery to a faculty/staff in the building the has the greatest reduction.
The energy contest is promoted by both the ecoreps and during some years by students taking ES 300, Ecology and the Environmental Challenge. During the contest, simple energy saving techniques will be promoted in buildings. Weekly updates keep up the competitive spirit.


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

All buildings typically show a reduction in electricity use when we compare use during the contest to the weeks before the contest. The winning buildings will often reduce electricity use by nearly 15% during the contest. We always ask people to continue with energy saving behavior when the contest is over.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
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Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Earth Week Sustainability Festival

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

The annual Sustainability Festival, planned and implemented by the EcoReps and the E-Team, serves as an interactive, educational, and entertaining outlet for promoting the College’s commitment to environmentally-conscious living. Student groups, including the Student Government Association, participate, and faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community are invited.


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

Impact tends to be more anecdotal than measured, but now that the annual event has become part of our institutional memory, the College community looks forward to the event and it receives internal and external news coverage.


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:

SGA (Student Government) hosts and annual Earth Day cleanup of Whites Bridge Road.


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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