Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
OP-T2-43: Move-Out Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Helen Bielak
Operations Manager
Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
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Does the institution have a program to reduce residence hall move-out waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the program:

Give and Go Green-Eco-Reps, in conjunction with Columbia Housing, have organized a campaign during spring move-out to help make donating stuff to local charities easy during Move-Out. Unwanted items are brought to a drop-off location instead of throwing them in the trash.
Items to Donate:
Non-perishable food, clothing in good condition, kitchenware, appliances, linens, accessories, books, small furniture, computers, toiletries
Supporting Local Charities: Salvation Army, City Harvest, Per Scholas, Goodwill, St. John the Divine and the Broadway Community, Inc. and more!
Students are also directed to a link on Green Check-Out tips that cover tips for move out to help reduce their environmental impact and reduce move out stress in the process. Storage, Packing Materials, Craigslist, Packing, and Item recycling and donation.
Hosted by Facilities, Clean and Go Green is offered during winter move-out and over the summer for all faculty, staff and students. Similar to Give and GO Green drop-off locations are designated for the recycling and donating of the items listed above but is expanded to include:

Reuse/Donation:
• Clothing
• Textiles & Linens
• Non-perishable Food
• Coats
• Shoes
• Books
• Small Household Items
• Newer, working Electronic Equipment

Recycling:
• Furniture
• Non-working Computer Monitors, Keyboards and CPUs (please clean your hard drive prior to drop-off)
• Paper/Cardboard
• Batteries
• Non-working Electronic Equipment
• Non-working Desk Lamps
• Toner Cartridges
• Paint Cans

Refashion NYC textile recycling bins are provided in several University apartment buildings for faculty, staff and graduate students with signs on bins, buildings, and notes to all tenants to use the bins especially during move-out

Additional information

Guide to Green Living: http://housingservices.columbia.edu/files/housingservices/other/green_living.pdf
Green Check-Out
http://housingservices.columbia.edu/content/green-check-out
Clean and Go Green for Graduate housing and off-campus undergraduates:
http://facilities.columbia.edu/clean-go-green


The website URL where information about the program is available:

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