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

STARS v2.2

Hope College
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.78 / 8.00 Tim Scholten
Custodial Services Manger
Physical Plant
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 83.65 Tons 83.04 Tons
Materials composted 1,046.90 Tons 1,375.07 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 8.90 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 776.05 Tons 313.20 Tons
Total waste generated 1,915.50 Tons 1,771.31 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018
Baseline Period Jan. 31, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

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

The waste service provider does not have an extensive record history for the college, so we are not able to provide any data prior to 2010.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,284 2,601
Number of employees resident on-site 12 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site 20 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,967 3,318.30
Full-time equivalent of employees 731 680
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3,367.50 3,651.98

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.57 Tons 0.49 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 Yes
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 Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

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

Approximately 120,000 cardboard boxes are added to our compost bins each year to help absorb moisture and help in the composting process.

In 2016, faculty in the Schaap Science Center began working with a local organization to collect and recycle Styrofoam materials. This was seen as a major source of waste for the labs due to shipping materials. The faculty in the Schaap Science Center are also making significant efforts to clean and re-use lab materials whenever it is possible (while complying with safety protocols). Used blankets were donated to local animal shelter for animal bedding.

As renovation projects come up across campus, we reach out to area partners to see if any of the materials would be useful for them (items include desks, chairs, tables, and lights in 2019-2020 the Haworth Conference Center and Hotel was renovated and we worked to salvage and find new homes for the the items still in good shape).

Styrofoam recycling.

Other annual programs to note:
Soles 4 Souls, Donations of Hope, mattress donations, e-waste (CIT and archives), batteries, TerraCycle, other divisional clean-out events, and Paper Gator.

Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year:
1.25 Tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

Does the institution use dual stream recycling to collect standard recyclables in common areas?:

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

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program:

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed:

A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives:

We have implemented new containers and signage in a few buildings to help people put trash/paper/recyclables in the correct container. As part of the annual RecycleMania Competition Hope College hosts an event on campus during one of our basketball games to collect as much recyclables and compost as we can then weigh it to see how much was diverted from the trash.

Other behavior change activities include: student hosted informational tables and sustainability/custodial team meets with different departments.

Annually we host an event for America Recycles Day https://americarecyclesday.org/

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.

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

In the fall of 2016 Hope brought in an outside consultant to complete a waste audit on two of our residential buildings.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

In the Dining Service area, historical food consumption data is used to forecast future production quantities which significantly reduces the amount of leftover foods produced. In addition, the amount of food displayed for use toward the end of each meal is reduced by lowering production and closing of non essential serving stations.

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

All excess furniture and materials from office re configurations are put in storage for future use or donated to local resale stores. 50 Chairs were reused for cottages and seating areas instead of being thrown out.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:

On our Intranet there is a website called Marketplace which is like the classified ads or Craigslist for Hope College. "Have an item for sale? Post it on Marketplace. Lose something? Post it on Marketplace. Want to give something away? Post it on Marketplace. Want to buy something? Post it on Marketplace."

Students and alumni have also created a Facebook Page called "Hope College Garage Sale" where they can sell/buy/trade items.

And departments even announce special events like the Theater Department: The Costume Shop is hosting a Costume Sale. It's a great opportunity to find that perfect costume for an upcoming Halloween party or just purchase a one-of-a-kind costume from one of our productions.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:

Hope College's Computer Information Technology (CIT) Team sets all campus computers to default on a duplex (or double-sided) printing. This helps to reduce the amount of paper wasted. They also encourage using a lower ink level for standard printing as well.

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

Hope attempts to make as much information available online as possible - including, but not limited to, course catalogs, course schedules, directories, handbooks, etc.
Printed materials are highly encouraged to be printed only in limited amounts.
Hope also strongly encourages the use of systems like Google Docs so materials can be shared between students, faculty, and staff.

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

Hope’s Volunteer Services with the support of the “Green Team” and Physical Plant Staff has participated with Goodwill for the past four years to provide an alternative for students to donate food, clothing, electronics, furniture and carpet during our end of the year move out to promote the mission of the college. This program is called "Donations of Hope." In addition, we provide recycling containers for all items not donated.

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

Annually the college collects old phone books from students, faculty, and staff. starting in 2015 this was opened up to the community by sharing information on the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute's website. Once the old phone books are collected, Physical Plant and Custodial staffs transport books to Holland Rescue Mission's Gateway Recycle Center.

​Hope College student-athletes are teaming up with an awesome organization, Soles4Souls, to share our love for athletics and make a difference in the lives of others! Soles4Souls is an organization that reaches out to impoverished people and gives them hope by providing them with a pair of shoes to put on their feet. The organization also takes used shoes and gives them to entrepreneurs in other areas of the world who can re-purpose them.

Website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization and diversion efforts is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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