Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.54
Liaison Kevin Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Goshen College
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.55 / 8.00 Glenn Gilbert
Utilities Manager/ Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Plant
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 17 Tons 17 Tons
Materials composted 4.35 Tons 4.35 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0.80 Tons 0.80 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 380 Tons 380 Tons
Total waste generated 402.15 Tons 402.15 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

The baseline year is the same as the current year because we have just started measuring these waste streams and have no earlier data for comparison.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 460 460
Number of employees resident on-site 7 7
Number of other individuals resident on-site 4 4
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 877 877
Full-time equivalent of employees 231.70 231.70
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 27 27
Weighted campus users 932.03 932.03

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.43 Tons 0.43 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
5.51

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
5.51

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

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

electronic waste, paints, aerosol cans and all other universal and hazardous waste.


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
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Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:
Yes

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:
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A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
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A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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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:
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A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

Students are charged whenever they use the campus printers although a specific amount of printing money is given to each student to last through out the semester.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Course catalogs, course schedules, and directories are not necessarily printed out; they are put on the Moodle website. Also through Moodle assignments are able to be turned in without printing on paper.

The recent iPad initiative is also focused toward paperless learning and lowers printing and increases online material.


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

The institution partners with The Depot at the end of the spring semester and May term and a collection truck comes to campus several times during the final week of the semester to pickup goods that can be reused. Also from time to time a clean sweep of storage spaces is done and things that are left behind are donated to Goodwill.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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