Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.20
Liaison Smith Getterman
Submission Date March 1, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Baylor University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 James Karban
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Enviromental Health & Safety- Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Baylor recently participated in the EPA's voluntary Peer Audit program. All chemicals used in all departments have been inventoried and reduced to the extent possible. Baylor maintains two full time Lab Safety and Hazardous Materials Coordinator that handles student and faculty generated wastes and works to minimize the production of these wastes. Baylor Facility Services also employs a full time Environmental Manager tasked with properly handling and reducing the production of all facility generated wastes.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Hazardous wastes are stored in designated accumulation areas and then disposed of with a hazardous materials vendor. Universal wastes are also collected throughout campus, stored in a central accumulation area and then recycled with a universal waste vendor. Training is administered for all handlers of both hazardous and universal wastes. Baylor maintains at least two full time positions tasked with the assuring the safe recycling and disposal of these waste streams.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

No significant hazardous material release incidents have occurred over the last three years that have detrimentally affected the environment, campus personnel, or students.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

Baylor University employs a chemical inventory software program, CisPro. Chemicals delivered to the Baylor Sciences Building is bar coded, added to inventory and delivered to the laboratories. Through the CisPro program, personnel can ask stockroom personnel if a particular chemical is in inventory. If so, they may then contact the owner to request the chemical, if possible, be shared. If chemicals still in a pure state are no longer needed by a laboratory, it is offered to other possible users.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Electronic waste is recycled through an e-Steward certified vendor in Fort Worth, TX for Baylor Facility Services operations.

Computers, printers and other electronics collected by ITS, Client Services are donated, sold to a re-seller or sent to an R2 certified recycler. Disposal records are kept on file at Installation Services.

Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:

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