Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.25
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Carleton College
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alexandra Miller
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Energy and Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Zero Waste Graduation Lunch for 4,000

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:

Carleton's graduation ceremony concludes with a lunch for all students and their guests, about 4,000 people each year. Working with the Director of Events, Custodial Services, Dining Services, and the Sustainability Office, in June of 2017 we were able to divert 97% of the waste from that event from the landfill, making it 'zero waste.'

This effort had four pieces:
1. Pre-planning: Language in the program for our efforts, coordination with all groups.
2. Product selection: All compostable or recyclable items
3. Education: Custodial Waste Busters working each waste station telling guests where to put their waste, including food recovery for the food shelf and proper signage throughout the space.
4. Recording data and reporting information out.

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 programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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