Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Clarkson University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.81 / 3.00 Susan Powers
Assoc. Dir. Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
180 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
485 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Food waste collection bins at apartments diverts waste to the anaerobic digester. New recycling initiatives organized by students through the Sustainability Fund are tracking improved recycling and post-consumer food waste collection performance with better bins and signage. The Take It or Leave it program collects and re-distributes useable but unwanted goods at the end of the academic year. Goods are re-distributed throughout the campus and broader community.

A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

Take it or Leave It event collects food donations at the end of the year. Often one or two student run food drives throughout year.
Annual employee holiday meal includes collection of canned goods for the Potsdam Neighborhood center. 1700 items were collected in Dec. 2015.

A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

pre-consumer food from Ro-Bro cafeteria and Cheel sorted and fed to the campus anaerobic digester

A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

A student group, Synergy, collects food waste from many on-campus apartments and brings the food waste to the digester. The ISE collects food waste from several departments and brings it to the digester.

Does the institution include the following materials in its waste diversion efforts?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food donations Yes
Food for animals No
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

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