University of Washington Sustainability: Social Media

Speakers
Daimon Eklund, Communications Coordinator; & Toren Elste, Outreach and Events Specialist
Overview
UW Sustainability has emphasized social media as a way to connect with our audience on- and off-campus. 
Top tips
Determine your message, know your audience, find your voice.
Experiment more and try different ways of messaging.
Avoid
We have had little success asking people to participate in social media via competitions, hashtag prizes, etc. Concentrate on a good message and people will follow.
Contact and follow
facebook.com/UWSustainability; twitter.com/sustainableUW; instagram.com/sustainableUW



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Latest Videos

Green Dorm Room with Rebecca Hoeffler

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Overview

Green dorm room setup and sustainable tours.

Top tips

Working with housing and residential life. Educating tour guide. Sharing on social media. More online presence.

Avoid

Make sure to publicize

Contact

Sustainability.duke.edu

Bee House Lab International Design Competition

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Speakers

Ian Hall, Director, Sustainability, University of Manitoba

Overview
"BEE / HOUSE / LAB is an international design competition hosted by the University of Manitoba and open to students and designers in the field of environmental design, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and other related fields. The competition calls for a design of a bee house prototype that can be fabricated and deployed for field testing. A Design Jury will determine winning designs and a pool of top submissions will be fabricated. More than 100 houses will be field-tested to study their space-form-habitat performance.

The competition is hosted by the University’s Office of Sustainability, and supported by the FABLab at the Faculty of Architecture, the Department of Entomology and Parks Canada Campus Club at the University of Manitoba. STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields) is serving as the design competition coordinator.

The University of Manitoba is committed to sustainable development and to using campus as a living lab. The results and the process of the competition will be published on various forms of media for the ongoing BEE LAB research and for the public awareness campaign purposes.
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Top tips

Collaborate with all interested and/or natural stakeholders, be as inclusive as possible with planning to achieve level of buy-in needed for success and seek out bridges between research and industry.

Start planning earlier!

Avoid

Overthinking things!

Contact & Follow
umanitoba.ca/beehouselab

The Green + Blue Space's community garden- University of Stirling Students' Union

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Speakers

Laurelin van der Molen (Environmental Projects Coordinator) & Giulia Agnisola (Environmental Projects Assistant)

Overview

In this session we learn about a project that is using gardening as a gateway habit into more sustainable behaviour. 

Various stakeholders wanted to set up a community growing space. The project secured external funding for the garden as part of a larger 2 year project around sustainable food. While the funding application was being written, the space was secured from the University. In its first season, the garden was used in its existing format, producing a fair amount of food. In its first winter, community members implemented their own garden design, since when we have been setting up a garden using permaculture principles.

Top tips

Involve your community in all stages of development
Don't set your expectations too high. A garden takes time to take shape
Physically build your garden around community

Avoid

Sometimes you can't do everything yourselves. One big project per semester or year (depending on the level of involvement you have) is plenty. If you need to do more than that, you should probably consider a compromise.

Contact & Follow

https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenAndBlueSpace/

https://twitter.com/GreenBlueSpace

http://www.stirlingstudentsunion.com/environment/