Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.28
Liaison Claire Rodgers
Submission Date June 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.72 / 8.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 32.30 Tons 30.89 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0.08 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 179 Tons 185 Tons
Total waste generated 211.38 Tons 215.89 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016

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):
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 355 354
Number of employees resident on-site 4 4
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 5 6
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 366 382
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 129 125
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 466 475.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.45 Tons 0.45 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0.04

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
15.32

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
15.32

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 No
Cooking oil No
Plant materials No
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires No
Other (please specify below) No

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

Even though the institution has donated items to a green initiatives group Grad Bag, the tonnage of these donations was not recorded it was estimated.


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) :
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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?:
Yes

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?:
No

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?:
No

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

We compete in RecycleMania every year.


A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

Our vendor, Wellesley Trucking, randomly audits at the point of disposal with Covanta. We are 100% trash to energy (incineration). If we have too much recycling in our waste, we get notified and fined if we are repeat offenders.


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

There is no written policy, but it is kept in consideration when purchasing is made.


A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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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):

There are also "freecycle" bins, which students use to donate and swap goods, such as cups, toys, clothes.


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):
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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:

All course schedules and catalogs are online. Registration is also online. Most documents used by students, excepting financial aid and documents that require signatures, are available online to students through the Olin Portal (my.olin.edu). This automates document management as well decreasing paper consumption.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

A lot of the move-out waste was donated to the local green initiatives group Grad Bag, which supplies a non profit with used dorm supplies for low income college first years. Additional supplies were donated to Staples (binders) and Habitat for Humanity (furniture).


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

There are large bins to donate books and clothes in the resident halls. Extra books are donated to the Needham library and clothes get donated to the Needham Transfer Station donation trailer.


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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Recycling data is based off of the average weight of the single stream recycling (measurements taken weekly) and extrapolated for a year (including a reduced amount during the summer). Cardboard data was provided by the vendor. Trash data is on the invoices and Needham Transfer Station recycling weights are on the invoices.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.