Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.30
Liaison Scott Morgan
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Evergreen State College, The
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.41 / 8.00 Sam Alfieri
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 129.59 Tons 236 Tons
Materials composted 245.25 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 300.20 Tons 318 Tons
Total waste generated 675.04 Tons 554 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):
In 2005, the college began a comprehensive planning process to set carbon neutrality and zero waste goals. That process included Evergreen's first GHG emissions inventory and waste assessments, which set the baseline for our future actions.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 651 769
Number of employees resident on-site 5 4
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,924 4,117
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 680.67 644
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3,617.50 3,764

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.19 Tons 0.15 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :

Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
By creating the Waste Reduction and Sustainable Purchasing Work Group, the main campus has managed to decrease paper use by over 25% since 2006

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):
Evergreen has a packaging minimization and return agreement with Dell Computers. The college also purchases office copy paper in bulk with minimal packaging.

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
Surplus equipment is submitted to Washington State’s surplus operation for resale.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):
Residence and Dining runs an appliance service built from unwanted student appliances collected each year during move out. The appliances are cleaned and checked, then provided for rental to students in housing the following year.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:
Evergreen’s course schedules and catalogs are primarily available through an interactive, live-search web page. Some catalog brochures travel with recruiters, but it is more useful for them to call up the website and take students through a search for classes.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
During move-in, dedicated recycling bins are heavily staffed to assist students with waste sorting and diversion. The PODS are an important part of Residential and Dining Services’ less unsustainable checkout process. Temporary storage containers – called PODS – are placed in the housing community and are used to collect unwanted but reusable items. These items will then be sorted and donated to organizations that serve vulnerable populations in Thurston County, including ARC of Washington and Goodwill.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The nature of this form requires a number for volume of materials re-used, donated, or re-sold. Evergreen students donate multiple storage containers full of re-usable materials each year at move out. The college also sends a wide variety of institutional equipment to our state surplus warehouse each year. There are no processes, nor facilities for collecting weights on these donation streams, so we have no weight measures. Zero tons, however, as required to complete the form, is a very low estimation of the total volume collected in 2 to 3 storage containers each year.

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