Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.33
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2024

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.41 / 1.00 Spring Buck
R5 Manager
Facilities Operations
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
277 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
403 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:
40.74

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:
Cornell University has a commitment to pursue LEED certification (Silver level minimum) for all new buildings and renovation projects exceeding $5M in value. Every project has a goal of 75% waste diversion with a minimum of 50%. As such Cornell University has a commitment to meet LEED Materials and Resources credit guidelines. Current guidelines can be found at https://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/new-buildings The data is collected by our Engineering and Projects Department for capital construction projects. They rely on the construction contractors to provide the data. The contractors are aware of goals and waste reporting requirements as part of meeting LEED requirements of all capital projects.

Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
2023 Data reflects non-capital construction performed by campus Trades. 2021 Data reflects non-capital construction performed by campus Trades.

2023 Data reflects non-capital construction performed by campus Trades.

2021 Data reflects non-capital construction performed by campus Trades.

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