Green Campus Annual Projects
Annual Diversion and Conservation Challenge (ACDC)
Green Campus annually teams up with University Housing and Residential Life to host the Annual Diversion and Conservation Challenge (ACDC). ACDC pits residents of the 5 Red Brick Buildings against each other to reduce the most energy and water use in their buildings. Water and energy is tracked live using the Lucid Energy Dashboard during the two week competition. The winning hall, the hall that reduces the most energy and water as compared to their baseline, receives a grand prize of their choice worth up to $500. In 2017, ACDC water and energy use reductions saved University Housing over $2,000 in utilities expenditures and resulted in savings that continued throughout the academic year suggesting that the competition results in long term behavior changes for residents.
In 2017 the team competed in RecycleMania, a national competition to divert waste from landfill. Waste reduction events included Smash-Yo-Trash (a Super Smash Brothers recycling event), Zero Waste trainings, a clothing swap event, and a waste audit.
Student Sustainability Leadership Summits and Retreats
To build alliances with and empower student club leaders, the Green Campus team hosts an event each fall to unite the student sustainability community and springboard efforts for the year ahead. Over 50 student leaders participated in the 2018 summit, covering topics of organizational leadership, team retention, time management, effective communication, campaign planning, and creating inclusive spaces. Participants set goals for their clubs and presented their plans to a group of over fifteen staff and faculty stakeholders. This event won a Best Practice award at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and led to creation of a Succession Planning Retreat each spring. If you are interested in attending the fall summit or spring retreat email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eco Reps and Green Rooms Programs
The team runs the Eco Reps and Green Room program on campus. Eco Reps are volunteers who have a passion and commitment to fostering sustainble living at Cal Poly. To join the Eco Reps or learn more about what they do visit the Eco Reps and Green Rooms page.