We want to use articles, all-campus emails, posters around and inside of Odegaard Library, and informative signs inside bathrooms to educate users on what this project is and how to use the new toilets.
If possible, we would like to have an article published about the project. We feel that this will accomplish two things. Firstly, it will get the message out about the new dual-flush toilets. Secondly, it can showcase how UW, CSF, and its members are taking action to conserve water and be sustainable overall.
All-campus emails will be sent to all UW students, faculty, and staff with a short explanation of our project, why the dual-flush toilet is important for water conservation, and an explanation on how to operate the dual-flush toliet.
For those who may not check their UW email or who do not attend the school, will be able to see our posters both inside and around Odegaard library containing similar information to the all-campus emails. Just in case that those posters are missed by anyone, we will also have signs placed in the bathrooms and inside each stall holding each dual-flush toilet. Both the poster and the sign will briefly explain the purpose of the dual-flush and how to operate them. This process will use the $300 budget for supplies. We also want the signs to be long-lasting or pernament.
The outreach methods (emails, posters, signs) will include something similar to this: UW students, The Campus Sustainability Fund have introduced dual-flush toilets at Odegaard Library for the women's bathroom! The new flushing technology will auto flush at a lower 1.1-gallon flush for liquid waste when being used for less than 90 seconds and a 1.6-gallon flush for solid waste when used for over 90 seconds. There are also buttons for manual flushing where green is for the 1.1-gallon flush and silver is for the 1.6 gallon flush. We want to remind you that this new installation is completely sanitary and complies with regulatory standards. With this feature, you will be able to save millions of gallons of water every year! (additional pieces will include images on how to use them, other ways to conserve water, statistics on how much water is saved)
The big idea is that we want to reinforce how students, and any users of these toilets, are saving water. That little reminder can go a long way. I always notice the number of how many water bottles have been saved when I refill my bottle at a water-fountain station. These water-efficient toilets can do the same, thus letting students know that they are conserving with every flush. As we outreach to teach students about the new toilet installments, we want to also provide examples of other water conservation examples. Just a few tips or reminders that can help them lower their carbon footprint.