Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, won a nationwide "Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge" sponsored by Net Impact, a global nonprofit that focuses on using business skills to produce social and environmental change. During the competition, Wartburg students tracked, photographed and posted on social media such socially responsible actions as walking instead of driving, drying clothes on a rack instead of using a dryer, voting and volunteering. Actions received points for levels of difficulty and influence. When the challenge ended Dec. 10, Wartburg had 9,589 points — double that of runner-up California State University at Chico. Sophomore Madison Stumbo got Wartburg involved in the competition to help students "realize that incorporating small things into their daily lives can add up to cause a positive impact." A second Small Steps competition began in January, but the results weren't available at presstime.
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