Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.31
Liaison Jamie Valentine
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Butler University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jamie Valentine
Assistant Director CUES
Biological Sciences
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
University Collaboration to Scale Food Waste Collection

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Butler piloted a composting program in 2015, composting 800 pounds of pre-consumer food waste weekly using a small company that only had the ability to pick-up 90-gallon toters. A local waste hauling company (Ray's Trash Service) was willing to pick up food waste in a dumpster or compactor, however, Butler would have been forced to bear the entire cost of the pick-up, making expansion of composting efforts a cost-prohibitive barrier. To overcome this barrier, Butler partnered with IUPUI to start a shared food waste compost collection route together and recruit other anchor institutions to join the route, making it more affordable to utilize a large waste hauler. As anchor institutions and leaders in the community, Butler and IUPUI were poised to take leadership on this project and leverage their respective relationships with business, non-profit, and government stakeholders to recruit other organizations in order to create the economies of scale needed for a viable and affordable city-wide commercial composting service through the private sector. Butler and IUPUI submitted an application for the Kimberly-Clark Professional Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE! and we were awarded $50,000 at the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo to implement the idea. The Indiana Recycling Coalition later leveraged this award to receive a Closed Loop Fund grant to provide educational resources and assistance with recruitment. Butler and IUPUI set aside $10,000 of the funding they received to serve as seed funding for institutions that sign up to participate in the route. There are now four anchor institutions in Indianapolis participating on the route and composting pick-up started in October 2017. Approximately 4,000-7,000 pounds of food waste is being collected on this route and composted weekly.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Food & Dining

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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