Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison jenny isler
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Clark University
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jenny Isler
Director of Sustainability
Physical Plant / Facilities
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 201.10 Tons 89 Tons
Materials composted 232.63 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 12.64 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 325.61 Tons 661 Tons
Total waste generated 771.98 Tons 750 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1474 1400
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3000 2905
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 704 680
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3146.50 3038.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.25 Tons 0.25 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0.59

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
57.82

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
57.82

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 Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets No
Tires No
Other (please specify below) Yes

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

Styrofoam, mattresses, textiles, plastic bags, cardboard, electronic waste, ballasts, clothing and other donations, books, universal waste.


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
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Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:
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A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:
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A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

Semi-annual waste audits consisting of a representative day's worth of landfill, compost and recyclables from all the residential halls are performed by custodial services in collaboration with EcoReps right in the middle of the Green. Materials are re-sorted to identify contamination weight and the results per residential hall are posted.


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):
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A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):
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A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

Everyone gets a printing quota that cannot be renewed. New purchases of department printers and copiers come set to print two-sided, and instructions are provided how to set them to print in draft mode B&W.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:
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A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Clark Community Thrift Store places 2-3 collection bins on every floor or every residential hall and house a month prior to move out. The Recycling Crew and custodians help to keep the bins emptied while also managing the flow of recylables. Closer to move out, the Thrift Store staff collects the donations every evening from all locations. On move out day, the custodians help to collect the donations for the Thrift Store and the Recycling Crew operates extra shifts to keep the recycling bins emptied and available.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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