Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.29
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date March 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.94 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
267 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
15.60 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

An audit will be conducted by staff of the College (and a hired contractor if necessary) prior to any demolition project. All materials within a site will be documented by both location (floor plan) and quantities. It will be determined through the audit whether any materials may be reused by architecture salvage operations, the College, or private citizens. A walk-through inspection will include someone with “salvage/reuse” expertise who understands the value and market for architectural and other salvage materials. At this time, it is necessary to assess the need for a hazardous waste abatement plan. If a plan is determined to be necessary, the section on hazardous waste in this document lays out the best practices for hazardous waste abatement.

The following questions will be used as a guide for the pre-demolition audit. A plan will then be approved by College staff and communicated to all contractors:
What can be reused (reclaimed) on-site for new construction, (e.g., asphalt, glass, landscaping materials)?
Are there items of value to community, staff, and alumni?
Are there items (furniture, fixtures, moldings, mechanical equipment, etc.) that have immediate value to a secondary market?
Are there hazardous wastes on-site? Is an abatement plan necessary?

In the past, we have donated many goods and services to the community including kitchen equipment, food and clothing that would have otherwise ended up in the dumpster.

Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The lionshare of the demolition that took place this reporting year was from the barn project. The barn, which is the administrative building and was quite literally a barn, which caught on fire in 2019. https://www.benningtonbanner.com/uncategorized/bennington-college-fire-considered-accidental/article_5bf01f45-66bb-58ce-96cd-35ca0d378d00.html

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