|Submission Date||May 14, 2014|
George Washington University
OP-17: Waste Reduction
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Division of Operations
Weight of materials recycled, 2005 baseline year :
Weight of materials composted, 2005 baseline year :
Weight of materials disposed as garbage, 2005 baseline year :
Weight of materials recycled, performance year :
Weight of materials composted, performance year :
Weight of materials disposed as garbage, performance year :
List the start and end dates of the waste reduction performance year:
On-campus residents, 2005:
Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
On-campus residents, performance year:
Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with waste reduction performance year):
Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to waste-reduction goals, such as zero waste:
A brief description of the plan of action to achieve waste reduction goals:
GW commits to reviewing its impact on and dependence on ecosystems locally, regionally, and globally, and to make a plan to enhance ecosystem services in these regions. GW commits to becoming a Zero Waste campus in the long-term, and aims to increase recycling to 50% by 2017 and to reduce litter on campus. Tactics proposed to achieve these goals include: expanding composting, updating and expanding recycling and waste infrastructure on campus, piloting new technologies, exploring new vendor options and increasing education and awareness.
GW will also expand on its successful Green Move Out program. In 2012, Green Move-Out collected about 90,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, and bedding—more than 3,600 bags, each weighing about 25 pounds. More than 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food were collected, in addition to 57 boxes of books, weighing 35 pounds each. Students also donated large household items—34 televisions, eight futons and numerous small lamps, vacuum cleaners and shelving units.
GW also has installed 15 BigBelly Solar trash compactors on campus, including 9 combination units that accept both trash and recycling. These compactors not only reduce the frequency of trash and recycling removal, they increase recycling capacity, reduce litter on campus, and conserve energy required to remove trash and recycling.
The website URL where information about the institution’s waste reduction initiatives is available:
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