Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.05
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Cornell University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sarah Zemanick
Director, Campus Sustainability Office
FS - Energy & Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Residential Compost Managers

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

This volunteer program launched in Fall 2018 after pilot programs demonstrated negligible contamination rates when residence hall kitchen compost buckets were managed by student volunteers. In 2018-2019, 45 student volunteers attended a 60-minute Compost Manager training that introduced sustainability at Cornell; covered climate change, food waste, and intersectional justice concepts; described volunteer expectations; and provided volunteers with buckets (with screw on lids), signage, and marketing materials to make composting accessible to every on-campus residential community with a volunteer (21 buildings). In the first year, Compost Managers diverted over 10,000 lbs of food scraps from the landfill; students used four central drop spots to send compost to our campus compost facility. In 2019-2020, 65 student volunteers attended training, and we have expanded the program to include interested co-ops, fraternities & sororities, graduate student housing, and limited off-campus student housing (as a pilot). The Residential Compost Managers program laid the groundwork for two key composting initiatives at the university: 1) A team of Compost Managers formed “Cornell Compost” in Fall 2019, a new student organization committed to providing coordinated waste monitoring and compost services at large-scale university events, and 2) Office composting is scheduled to begin Spring 2020, inviting staff and faculty to participate in a 30-minute training, serve as Compost Managers for their departments, and bring office compost buckets to central drop spots on campus.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Public Engagement
Waste

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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