Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.18
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date May 9, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Sacramento
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Don’t Rush to Flush Medication Disposal Bin at The WELL Pharmacy

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

A collection bin for unused and expired medications, located in The WELL’s pharmacy, is a receptacle for prescription and over-the-counter drugs, pet medications and medicated ointments from the general public and the campus.

This bin was placed as a part of the “Don’t Rush to Flush” campaign. Many people dispose of these items by flushing them down the toilet, where they go straight to wastewater treatment plants that cannot remove all pharmaceuticals.

The collection bins are courtesy of a Rose Foundation Grant via the California Product Stewardship Council, and the collaborative efforts of Sac State’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the University’s Sustainability team, and the Student Health and Counseling Services Pharmacy at The WELL.

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

By providing safe and convenient disposal opportunities for unused pharmaceuticals, we
are taking the first step toward cleaning up our water supplies and protecting our families. Sac State has diverted a total 1133.5 lbs. worth of medication to date.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum ---
Research ---
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate ---
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Energy ---
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Transportation ---
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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