Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.49 / 1.00 Andrea Russell
Sustainability Coordinator and Community Energy Center Program Manager
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
53 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
54.86 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

The COA community was very involved with the design and construction of College of the Atlantic’s new 29,000-square-foot Davis Center for Human Ecology, which opened in spring 2021. This direct involvement impressed upon the design and build team the importance of reusing, recycling, and recapturing as much material as possible during the process. Ultimately, half of the construction and demolition waste produced was recycled, donated, or otherwise recaptured. Further, the building makes extensive use of low-embodied carbon and locally sourced materials—including a nearly all-wood structure and wood fiber insulation—which radically reduces its lifecycle carbon footprint, effectively neutralizing the environmental impact of its construction, and increasing recycl-ability of its construction materials.
News article available here: https://www.coa.edu/giving/broad-reach-campaign/center-for-human-ecology/
In spring 2018, College of the Atlantic's Community Energy Center sponsored a workshop for students to get hands-on experience performing a building energy retrofit. Led by building scientist Curry Caputo (also a COA alum ’95), the retrofit workshop series successfully aimed to make the pottery studio more comfortable and reduce heating fuel and electrical consumption in line with COA’s energy framework, while providing opportunities for students to engage in experiential and practical work, make mistakes, and gain familiarity with a range of tools.
News article available here: https://www.coa.edu/live/news/1597-energy-retrofit-is-all-hands-effort

Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data for this section is from FY-2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021).

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