This section contains case studies of community programs primarily from across North America. It includes a broad sampling of programs to offer a wide variety of approaches and tools used, locations, types of organizations and participants, activities being promoted and problems being addressed. Most of these case studies illustrate approaches that have worked. However, examples of potential pitfalls are also included to provide you with a realistic map of the terrain ahead.
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In 2005, The Humane Society of the United States (the HSUS) hatched a plan to replace conventionally produced eggs served on college campuses with cage-free alternatives, by appealing to students’ interest in social issues and addressing administrators’ practical concerns. Now led by The Humane League (THL) in the United States and by other organizations internationally, the campaign has resulted in millions of eggs now sourced from cage-free rather than “factory farming” facilities. A step-by-step playbook showing how to achieve campus-wide support and engage dining service managers guides student leaders implementing the campaign at their schools.MORE »
Congestion charges were introduced in Stockholm in 2006 as a “trial”, followed by a referendum. The charges reduced traffic across the cordon by 20%, leading to huge congestion reductions all over the city. Perhaps more surprisingly, the initially hostile opinion turned, and the referendum led to permanent reintroduction of congestion charges. The traffic effects have proved persistent in the years since. Designated in 2013. This case study is now being written, based on the Landmark webinar presented on March 11, 2014.MORE »
The City of Burlington Ice Rink Arena energy competition employed a low cost community based social marketing approach to significantly reduce energy consumption, associated greenhouse gases (GHG) and energy costs. This approach generated a program return on investment (ROI) of more than 96%. It is applicable to any energy consuming asset (facilities and buildings, vehicle fleet) and is scalable. The approach successfully modified entrenched, long standing staff behaviour towards the desired behaviour of energy conservation, improved facility performance, extended equipment life cycle without sacrificing facility service levels and user satisfaction. Designated in 2013. This case study is being written, based on the Landmark webinar presentation on May 9, 2014.MORE »
The light-hearted Drama Downunder campaign increased access to diagnosis, treatment and care of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), improved HIV/STI awareness and knowledge, and minimized the transmission and morbidity of STIs in gay and other homosexually active men.MORE »
HoMBRes—Hombres Manteniendo Bienestar y Relaciones Saludables (Men Maintaining Wellness and Healthy Relationships)—is a sexual risk reduction intervention designed to reduce HIV and STD infection among recently arrived, non-English speaking Latino men in rural central North Carolina. Developed using community–based participatory research (CBPR), HoMBReS includes the systematic selection, training, and ongoing support of Latino men to serve as lay health advisers.MORE »
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