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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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:
Waste Not

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

Waste Not is an annual student-run collection of reusable items. Student interns and volunteers collect reusables in the spring and sell these items to students in the fall. In 2013, Wesleyan began a partnership with Goodwill Industries to further reduce waste.

Fall sale: http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/recycling/waste-not-fall.html
Spring collection: http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/recycling/waste-not-spring.html


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

10-25 tons of reusable items are recovered and resold or donated annually. Items are sold back to students to reduce costs and accessibility and waste is reduced significantly.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Veg Out

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

Students involved in Veg Out spread awareness of how the animal agriculture industry causes environmental destruction, human health issues, social inequality, and animal cruelty. They have launched a comprehensive campaign by working with our dining service to change our food purchasing and to create a permanent plant-based protein installation in our main dining hall. Goals include spreading awareness of the issues caused by the animal agriculture industry and providing educational resources regarding plant-based alternatives to help people visualize what it means to reduce meat consumption.


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

Veg Out is now a bi-monthly pilot program in which the largest dining hall (75+% of meals) serves no meat two meals per month.


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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