Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Emory University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelly Weisinger
Assistant Director
OSI
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Emory encourages the use of microscale techniques when plausible and encourages ‘just in time’ purchasing. A voluntary Green Labs at Emory program encourages best management practices for chemicals in use. Sustainable techniques include chemical re-distribution and solvent distillation.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

All hazardous waste is sent to a licensed commercial facility for destruction or recycling.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

There have been no significant releases of hazardous materials.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

The main source of hazardous waste generated at Emory is the result of laboratory, clinical, and institutional operations. Laboratories are encouraged to reduce scale and use non-hazardous reagents when possible. Facilities Management has almost entirely discontinued the use of paint with hazardous components. Aerosol cans are punctured, the residual waste collected for disposal as hazardous waste, and the metal is recycled. Use of photo chemicals has been reduced by use of alternate technology and reduction in program size.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

University-owned electronics are recycled by a third-party vendor. Emory's Library and Information Technology Services collects obsolete or broken electronics from campus and stores them for pick-up an external vendor. In addition, Emory Surplus Properties holds e-waste drives to collect e-waste owned by students and staff at intervals throughout the year.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
54.04 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data reported for 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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