Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.55
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Jan. 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
OP-18: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.60 / 8.00 Kelsey Beal
Sustainbility Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 1,085.05 Tons 1,753.27 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 221.27 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 127.28 Tons 507.63 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 4,889 Tons 6,541.58 Tons
Total waste generated 6,101.33 Tons 9,023.75 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, 2021 June 30, 2022
Baseline Period July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
In recent years, IU has significantly improved its waste-tracking methodology. We believe FY 16 is our most accurate baseline year, rather than 2009 as previously reported, and as used in other categories.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 12,520 13,040
Number of employees resident on-site 37 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 2,658 190
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 45,592 42,352
Full-time equivalent of employees 8,626 8,920
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,632 3,047
Weighted campus users 44,486.75 39,618.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.14 Tons 0.23 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
39.78

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
19.87

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
19.87

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

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:
All manner of materials are re-sold through the IU Surplus Store or on Gov Deals, including furniture, sports equipment, clothing, and others.

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?:
No

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:
As a result of 2019 waste audits, IUB implemented improved signage at waste receptacles across campus. An example of the signage can be found here: https://sustain.iu.edu/resources/waste.html

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
Disposal and Redistribution of University Property FIN-PURCH-11 https://policies.iu.edu/policies/fin-purch-11-disposal-and-redistribution-university-property/index.html All Purchasing Policies, including the Sustainable Purchasing Policy https://purchasing.iu.edu/policies/policies.php

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
The policy of Indiana University is to make maximum use of furniture, equipment, and other such property. The Purchasing Department will attempt to redistribute items within the university based on equitable criteria. Any items no longer required by a department or division will be transferred to IU Surplus Stores for resale. The major objectives of Surplus Stores are to: redistribute assets within the university, relieve the university of unusable assets, and to reduce landfill refuse. Given these policies and guidelines, Surplus Stores is empowered to offer items for sale to the general public once it is determined that no need for that item exists within the university. Some items that are sent to Surplus Stores are clearly ones that may be needed within the university. Therefore, an area is set aside and designated for university department purchases only. However, the vast majority of items located at Surplus Stores are available for purchase by the general public. In 2015, the Surplus Store launched their "smalls" campaign and now accepts file folders, binders, markers, and other office supplies for resale as well, in addition to furniture and electronic equipment.

A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse:
One.IU.edu is Indiana University's Web-based application portal that provides a common front door to online services at all IU campuses. It is a one-stop shop for all IU. Buy/Sell/Trade is a tool provided through One.IU.edu for listing anything in IU Classifieds: Have something to buy or sell? Or need a roommate or tutor? Find all of this and more in the IU classifieds. IU Classifieds is the place to go for current Students, Staff and Faculty.

A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption:
IU Print is a global print platform that delivers the core engine for student printing and managed print services for organizations. IU Print looks to deliver a print platform that reduces cost, increases efficiency, is highly secure, and provides maximum flexibility. Student printing: IU Print delivers printing for students across all campuses. The IU Print platform delivers printing, copying, and scanning functionality in a secure environment for all faculty, staff, and students. Students receive an allotment through the Student Technology Fee that can be used at various locations across all campuses. https://kb.iu.edu/d/besp Improved Wireless Access: UITS continues to improve the speed and availability of its wireless network. Rather than carrying paper documents with you, bring your laptop to campus and have electronic access to all of your course materials. IUanyWare is a client virtualization (CV) service available to Indiana University students, faculty, and staff. With IUanyWare, you can use a web browser or mobile app to run certain IU-licensed software applications without having to install them on your computer or mobile device. https://kb.iu.edu/d/bbbr IU Knowledge Base: Conserve paper when printing https://kb.iu.edu/d/aqez IU Course Management online tool (Canvas) minimizes paper and ink consumption: Canvas is IU's learning management system (LMS). Canvas includes most of the standard tools found in open source and commercial management systems (assignments, discussions, announcements, quizzes, syllabus, etc.) as well as enhanced tools and features for communication, collaboration, and assessment, including real-time web conferencing, a multimedia recorder, a Google Docs integration, outcomes and rubrics, and course analytics. All IU students, faculty, and staff can log into Canvas using their IU credentials or an IU Guest account. You can access Canvas at IU from a web browser (on a computer, smartphone, or tablet) or via the mobile apps distributed by Instructure. https://canvas.iu.edu/lms-prd/gateway

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
One.IU.edu is Indiana University's Web-based application portal that provides a common front door to online services at all IU campuses. One.IU.edu offers easier and more direct access to the multitude of services available for students, faculty, and staff. The goal for One.IU.edu is to create a virtual campus community. Course catalogs and schedules are found online through the Office of the Registrar at: https://sisjee.iu.edu/sisigps-prd/web/igps/course/search/ Students may also search for classes using One.IU.edu. IU Course Management online tool (Canvas) minimizes paper and ink consumption: Canvas is IU's learning management system (LMS). Canvas includes most of the standard tools found in open source and commercial management systems (assignments, discussions, announcements, quizzes, syllabus, etc.) as well as enhanced tools and features for communication, collaboration, and assessment, including real-time web conferencing, a multimedia recorder, a Google Docs integration, outcomes and rubrics, and course analytics. All IU students, faculty, and staff can log into Canvas using their IU credentials or an IU Guest account. You can access Canvas at IU from a web browser (on a computer, smartphone, or tablet) or via the mobile apps distributed by Instructure. https://canvas.iu.edu/lms-prd/gateway One.IU.edu/IU Directory: All components of the directory - including individual and departmental contact information, campus information, and dialing instructions - are available at your fingertips.

A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
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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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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