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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 Gold
Overall Score 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Chad Carwein
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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?:
Yes

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):
RecycleMania

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

UNCG competed with more than 520 other schools in the United States and Canada during the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament, which took place between February 3rd and March 30th. This was the third year in a row UNCG has participated in the eight-week competition that ranks schools according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. During the competition, a student intern worked with the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) as well as several other students and groups to create marketing materials, conduct outreach activities and hold events on campus. This student also gave brief 5-10 minute presentations in several classes to promote recycling and increase participation. As a result, UNCG recycled over 26% of its waste and recovered 91,295 pounds of organic and recyclable materials during the course of the 2014 competition.


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

MEASUREMENT NOTES:

Results in GRAND CHAMPION category are calculated using the following equation:
weight of recyclables + food organics / (weight of recyclables + food organics + trash) X 100 = recycling rate (%)

Results in PER CAPITA CLASSIC category are calculated using the following equation:
weight of recyclables / campus population (FTE students and staff) = lbs. / person

Results in WASTE MINIMIZATION category are calculated using the following equation:
weight of recyclables + food organics + trash / campus population (FTE students+staff) = lbs. / person

POSITIVE IMPACTS MEASURED:

BASELINE PERFORMANCE (prior to 8-week campaign):

Trash = 25,800
Recyclables = 9,700
Food Organics = 6,400
Campus FTE Population = 16241 students + 2,258 employees = 18,499

(9700 + 6400) / (16100 + 25800) = 38.4%

Grand Champion = 38.4% recycling rate
Per Capita Classic = 0.52 lbs. / person
Waste Minimization = 2.27 lbs. / person

COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE (end of 8-week campaign):

Trash = 27,750
Recyclables = 14000
Food Organics = 7500
Campus FTE Population = 16241 students + 2,258 employees = 18,499

(14000 + 7500) / (21500 + 27750) = 43.7%

Grand Champion = 43.7% recycling rate
Per Capita Classic = 0.76 lbs. / person
Waste Minimization = 2.66 lbs. / person


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Green Office Certification Program

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

Version 2.0 of the Green Office Certification Program offers resources to academic and administrative offices across campus that seek to lessen the impacts of their practices. A website provides all the criteria for achieving certification, and also offers several how-to guides, graphics, and other materials. The program is also fully supported by Sustainability Office staff, who meet with each participating group at least twice during the process and are available to answer questions at any time.


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

Commitments by 6 certified offices:

ENERGY CONSERVATION:
- Participating staff turn off monitors and shutdown computers at the end of each day
- Participating staff use natural lighting instead of artificial lighting as much as possible
- During cold weather, participating staff close blinds on the windows at end of each day
- All office equipment (e.g. printers, copiers, fax machines) is turned off at end of day
- All lights are turned off in common areas when not in use during AND at the end of day
- Participating staff replace incandescent bulbs with high-efficiency lighting
- Participating staff have applied Auto Power Management (APM) settings

WASTE MINIMIZATION:
- Participating staff recycle inkjet and/or laser jet cartridges
- The office has setup a collection bin for e-waste and battery recycling
- The office has reserved an area for sharing and reusing workplace supplies
- Reusable bags are available for participating staff to use if they go out of the office
- Participating staff applied settings to Decrease Page Margins as the default option
- Participating staff applied settings for Double Sided Printing to be the default option

MATERIALS MANAGEMENT:
- The office does not supply disposable kitchenware
- The office buys green products as much as possible
- Participating staff check with Campus Surplus prior to buying new items for the office
- The office specifies paper products with 50% Recycled Content when placing orders
- The office orders paper products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)


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

Environmentally Preferred Procurement:
- Buy Green Expo
- Green Purchasing Factsheet
- Common Green Products Lists


Information about RecycleMania was obtained from records maintained by Ben Kunka, Recycling Operations Manager at UNCG

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.