Students have taken a major role in the Ditch Disposable campaign through developing the actions, communications, and outreach of the entire campaign. Their passion and creativity have been instrumental in the success of the campaign.
2018 to 2019
The 2018-19 Sem 1 interns worked to promote Ditch Disposable to a wider audience. They reached out to staff through specifically targeted workshops that covered how to ditch disposable in their offices, events, and daily lives. They also spread the campaign to more students through setting up a Green Ambassador Program to promote Ditch Disposable and other green campus initiatives to students across campus. Finally, they worked to promote the resources on the Ditch Disposable website through various social media channels and a video explaining how to best take advantage of the website. The Sem 2 and summer 2019 interns worked to help the campus community prepare for the upcoming Disposable Plastic Free Campus Policy by updating the website, creating new resources, and speaking directly to students and staff.
The summer 2018 interns revamped the Ditch Disposable website to make it a more useful resource for those looking to reduce disposables on campus. In addition to a new layout and more details on the problems and solutions regarding plastic waste, the new website includes a new promotional video for the campaign. They also developed and implemented a communications campaign to prepare for the implementation of the Policy on disposable plastic straws. Finally, they worked to raise awareness of plastic pollution via the Ditch Disposable Facebook and Instagram.
2017 to 2018
The Sustainability Office Intern during the 2017-18 school year was responsible for raising awareness and building excitement about the Ditch Disposable campaign. She managed the social media channels and helped to plan and deliver campaign events. Her work culminated in the Ditch Disposable Market, a 2-day disposable free event that included zero waste retailers, vegan snacks, and free drinks for those that brought their own reusable cups.
2016 to 2017
Interns during the 2016-2017 school year played a pivotal role in launching the campaign. They developed the Ditch Disposable website and social media channels and worked to plan a communications campaign for the launch. They made videos and graphics to raise awareness and showcase how to easily ditch disposable plastic water bottles. They also worked to plan the campaign’s launch ceremony and served as moderators, videographers, and photographers on the day.