Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.65
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Hope College
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution banned or eliminated the on-site sales and distribution of at least one type of single-use disposable plastic?:

A brief description of the single-use disposable plastics that have been banned or eliminated:

As part of Hope College’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, Creative Dining Services began piloting strawless lids in the spring of 2017. Since the fall of the 2017-2018 academic year, these new lids have been available at the Kletz Market in the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center and Cup & Chaucer in the Van Wylen Library. *Paper or compostable straws are available if some requests them, so we have not formally "banned" them on campus as some people may need them.
It is also important to note that our Dining Services team utilizes "eco" products which are able to be industrially composted (
Hope College also utilizes a reusable to-go container for dining in the Phelps and Cook Dining Halls which allows students, faculty, and staff to bring in their container and carry out their lunch with them without using single use items.
Starting in November 2019 Hope College also launched their Cupanion cup program.

Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

In 2019 we purchased a "Water Monster" Water bottle filling station which we utilize at lots of campus events (examples include: graduation, move in/out days, community picnic, staff picnic, spring fling, and stationed in the center of campus during summer camps) to reduce single use items.

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