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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Kim Criner
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
No

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
Lights Out! Round 1 (2012)

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

The Lights Out! Energy Saving Competition between Bailey, Green, and Summerfield Halls resulted in significant reductions in energy consumption over a 12-week period in spring 2012. Prior to and during the competition, the Center for Sustainability worked with individuals in each department in the three halls previously listed in an attempt to significantly decrease energy consumption. All departments were also provided with compact fluorescent light bulbs for task lighting as a promotional tool for the competition.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

The Lights Out! competition resulted in an estimated savings of 57,958 kWh and 161,518 gallons of steam during the three months of the competition in just three buildings. Not only did this result in a decrease in immediate monetary and environmental costs, it also allowed for thousands of students, faculty and staff that occupy those three buildings to become more acquainted with concepts of energy conservation.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
KU Fights Hunger (2013)

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

In the fall of 2013, the campus organization, KU Fights Hunger held a month long Hunger Awareness month including, presentations, tabling events, and a cross-campus food drive. The food drive benefited Just Food the food pantry that supplies KU's on-campus food bank, the Campus Cupboard.


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

The results of the food drive were 2,952 lbs. of food and $4,510 donated to the Lawrence food pantry called "Just Food."


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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