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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 57.22
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Southern Oregon University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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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:
3000 Mile Challenge

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

For two weeks during the month of April, the Transportation Options program hosted the 3,000 Mile Challenge, challenging students, staff and faculty to explore alternative transportation options. During the challenge, the SOU community was asked to log all trips taken, with a goal of logging 3,000 miles of walking, biking, transit, carpooling, and skateboarding. During the campaign there were several events to promote the campaign, provide information about transportation options, and introduce the campus to transportation modes. For instance, SOU partnered with the local transportation district to bring a bus on campus for people to see what it is like on the bus and to learn how to use the bike racks mounted on the front of the bus. Prizes were available for students who participated in the challenge. While the campaign was most heavily targeting students, it was also open to employees.


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

More than 100 SOU students logged non-drive-alone trips, totaling 3,851 non-drive-alone
miles during the two-week challenge. This was a significant increase in trips logged into the
Drive Less Connect system compared to prior weeks.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Raider Reclamation/Give and Go

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

SOU's Recycling Program hosts the annual residence hall move-out waste diversion event. Each year during residence hall move-outs tons of recyclable and reusable items are dumped in the trash and trucked to the landfill. During SOU's annual move out collection event, collection stations are staged in campus residence halls to collect move-out waste from students before they reach the dumpster. These items are then donated to Southern Oregon Goodwill, contributing to the creation of jobs and career development opportunities for underprivileged individuals in our community. The campaign seeks to educate students on how to divert their waste from the landfill by recycling and donating reusable items to organizations such as Goodwill, while reducing overall move out waste.


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

SOU launched the annual move out waste diversion event in 2013, collecting more than 8,400 lbs of reusable and recyclable items. Since its launch, the program has continued to grow, diverting 6,722 lbs in 2014, 8,916 lbs in 2015 and a record-breaking 10,973 lbs in 2016!


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:
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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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