Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.23
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Channel Islands
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.66 / 8.00 R Banuelos
Assistant Director
Operations, Planning & Construction
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 236.66 Tons 226 Tons
Materials composted 511 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 353.09 Tons 251.85 Tons
Total waste generated 1,100.75 Tons 477.85 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,558 1,020
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 6,406 4,315
Full-time equivalent of employees 877.70 520
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 726 0
Weighted campus users 5,307.78 3,881.25

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.21 Tons 0.12 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil No
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Electronics Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires No
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

The figures reported above also include disposal of batteries, fluorescent lamps, and ballasts.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

CSUCI uses green screens, social media, and class presentations to do outreach including waste reduction tips and the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling correctly. The sustainability Instagram account regularly features sustainability swaps, highlighting ways to ditch disposable items for reusable ones. The sustainability office also created a rack card that highlights 10 sustainable swap ideas, ranging from utensils to menstrual cups to dryer balls.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

CSU Channel Islands tracks waste totals on a monthly and annual basis to monitor diversion rates and waste generation totals. The campus has a goal to achieve 80% diversion from the landfill by 2020. Periodically the campus conducts waste audits to better understand what the campus waste stream is composed of.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

CSU Channel Islands abides by the CSU Sustainability Policy that states the following procurement policies:

1. Campuses will promote use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable practices.
2. To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all Buy Recycled program product categories.
3. Campuses shall continue to report on all recycled content product categories, consistent with PCC § 12153-12217 and shall implement improved tracking and reporting procedures for their recycled content purchases.

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

CSUCI's surplus program manages all used furniture and other property on campus. When an individual has property they no longer need, they place a work order for the property to be taken to surplus. If furniture is broken or in poor condition, it is placed in the correct recycle roll off box (wood, metal).Furniture that is in good condition is stored in a warehouse on campus. This furniture is made available to anyone in search of furniture for their office.

Furniture that cannot be used on campus is placed for sale on an auction site. Every attempt is made to sell furniture before items are recycled.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

The Basic Needs Program at CSU Channel Islands manages two clothing exchange programs for students. Ekho's Career Closet was launched in 2018 to provide free professional clothing to CSUCI students. Students, faculty and staff can donate gently used professional clothing that is then available to CSUCI students for free. The Basic Needs program also just opened Ekho's Closet to provide casual clothing options to CSUCI students. Ekho's Closet carries basic essentials for any wardrobe.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

Printing is controlled by use of student ID card accounts in the Broome Library and other locations on campus. The default is to print double-sided everywhere on campus, where applicable.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

CSU Channel Islands endeavors to make materials available online, rather than printing them, whenever possible. For example, the course catalog is primarily available online, though print and DVD options are available for anyone who may have problems accessing the catalog online. The printed copies of the catalog are printed on recycled paper.

The campus makes the class schedule available online and no longer prints this material; although, the bookstore has this available to students wanting a printed copy through a printed demand service. No directories are printed, due to it being online.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

At the end of the semester, CSU Channel Islands staff communicates the importance of continuing to live green during move-out by donating items that can be reused and providing many recycle bins for those materials that can be recycled. Suggestions of specific items that could be reused or recycled are provided to residents. During the actual move-out week, housing staff helps monitor this process to reduce waste and encourage reuse and recycling. At the end of each school year housing sets up a donation station where students can donate unwanted items and other students can pick them up and use them. Housing is also looking into using the items donated that were not picked up again at the beginning of the school year as a donation station for incoming students, this should be effective for cleaning supplies and other household items like this that many students need.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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