Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Northridge
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Austin Eriksson
Sustainability Program Manager
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Integrated Waste Management

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The CSU has mandated that all campuses shall have a 50% diversion rate by 2016 and 80% by 2020. The University had to make some major changes to our waste hauling contract as well as some of our processes in order to meet these goals. The new contract allows to do several important things. The first is all of our waste is not being processed in a MRF prior to being sent to the landfill, allowing us to pick out ~30% of the material and recycle it. The second is that since each bin will be weighed during pickup, we can be smarter about how we schedule our bin pickups. The third is we are now having campus wide waste audits being performed every semester to help identify our waste stream and make changes. The fourth is the ability to see and track the data live at a publicly accessible website (csun.wastetracking.com).

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

CSUN’s diversion rate was hovering around 15%-20% for the last few years and with all of these changes our new diversion rate has increased to +/-60%. Now we are not only meeting the 2016 goal, but we are on track to meet the 2020 goal.

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Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
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