|Submission Date||Feb. 12, 2016|
IN-2: Innovation 2
Assoc. Dir. Sustainability
Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
In January of 2015 Clarkson began charging consumers $0.50 for the use of a disposable to-go box in all campus dining halls. Aramark, our food provider, simultaneously provided all students with one free reusable to-go box. The practice stemmed fro two separate student-led Sustainability Fund projects that investigated options for reducing the waste associated with dining services. The first group identified the Ozzi Machines as one option for organizing such a massive shift in the culture of eating on the run and convenient disposal of containers. The initial voluntary and no-cost implementation of re-useable to-go boxes had very limited success and change in behavior. The second project related the issue to environmental economics and the need to impose a price on materials that are interpreted as being free, but that have both real internal and external costs.
A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
This project reduced disposable to-go box usage by approximately 37,000 boxes per month (down to ~1,500 disposable boxes per month). It has saved approximately 2-3 hours a day of custodial labor by eliminating an estimated 60 trash bags a day.
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|
|Air & Climate||No|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||No|
|Diversity & Affordability||No|
|Health, Wellbeing & Work||No|
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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