Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 64.43
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.19 / 5.00 Jim Walsh
Building Operations Manager
Campus Facility Services
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 559.01 Tons 423.99 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 1.89 Tons 1.03 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 2,776.99 Tons 3,943.23 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,686 1,686
Number of residential employees 60 60
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 25,036 24,316
Full-time equivalent of employees 7,472 7,493
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 700 689

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

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

Reportable information available during this time frame with similar metrics available for direct comparison.

A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

Dumpster Dives are periodically performed as a teaching tool for staff, faculty and students. In the Fall of 2014 nearly 1,400 pounds of material from IUPUI dumpsters -- all headed for regular trash disposal -- were dropped onto tarps and checked out by students, faculty and staff wearing protective gear. Experts from Ray’s Trash Service, Inc., an IUPUI vendor, evaluated what the IUPUI team found. It turned out that 65 percent of what was dumped (over 900 pounds of trash) could have been recycled, including 575 pounds of bottles and cans, a little over 300 pounds of fiber and 35 pounds of various metal items.

A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

IUPUI units are encouraged to purchase equipment from Surplus when applicable than purchase new.

A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

The IUPUI Surplus department is dedicated to the redistribution, public auctions, and
recycling of retired management University property. Some examples of managed
property includes office supplies, furniture, electronics (including printers, computers,
and other types), medical, and dental equipment.

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

OneStart is Indiana University's Web-based application portal that provides a common front door to online services at all IU campuses. OneStart offers easier and more direct access to the multitude of services available for students, faculty, and staff. The goal for OneStart is to create a virtual campus community -- a place to study, work, collaborate, and have fun!

Course catalogs and schedules are found online through the Office of the Registrar at: http://registrar.iupui.edu/schedule.html Students may also search for classes using OneStart.

Staff directories can all be located under individual departmental websites, and are searchable by individual at people.iu.edu. A campus building directory is available online at: http://www.iub.edu/~iubmap/. Printed campus directories have been eliminated.

A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

All registered students, student organizations, and faculty receive a standard printing allotment as follows:
Undergraduates: 650 pages per semester (rollover available)
Graduate students: 1,000 pages per semester (rollover available)
Student organizations: 400 pages per semester (with faculty sponsorship)
Faculty: 200 pages per semester (for instructional purposes)

*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.

*Improved Printer Accessibility: UITS has introduced printers in more convenient locations, so there is no need to print materials you might need later; there is always a printer nearby so you can print just the pages that you need to print. This also lessens the need for individuals in residence halls to own personal printers, which use large amounts of energy even in their idle state.

*Adobe agreement: In 2008, UITS entered into an agreement with Adobe Systems to make available to all students, faculty, and staff, the most popular Adobe software. Adobe Acrobat permits users to mark-up course materials which are downloaded from on-line resources and stored on the user computer or thumb drive. By using Adobe Acrobat, users can avoid printing these material altogether. For more information about the Adobe agreement with IU, please see http://kb.iu.edu/data/axuq.html.

*Print Release Stations: In many locations (and more to come) UITS has introduced print release stations as a way to increase student productivity. Print release stations permit the user to avoid printing output:
-sent to the printer by mistake
-reprinted by mistake
-which is longer than expected
-when the printer is malfunctioning
-when the line at the printer is too long to wait

A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

IUPUI Housing and Residence Life (HRL) encourages students to reduce move-out waste in a couple of different ways. IUPUI HRL works with Goodwill and Gleaners Food Bank and has drop points for students to bring items (clothes, furniture, can goods, etc.) that can be donated to those organizations. Additionally, in the move-out meetings that each Resident Assistant (RA) has with their building/floor students are educated about the Goodwill and Gleaners programs and also encouraged to recycle items that cannot be donated.

A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:

LEED certification requires building waste be minimized or reused.

A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:

A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:

A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

- Go Trayless - Curtails food waste, promotes healthier eating habits through portion control, and reduces the amount of water and energy used for washing the trays.
- The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI rescues quality, unused food and re-purposes it into meals for those experiencing food insecurity. To date, 8850 lbs of food have been rescued from disposal.

A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

IUPUI Food Services offers a reusable To Go program: http://www.dineoncampus.com/iupui/show.cfm?cmd=_toGoProgram

A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):

- Zero waste options are available through catering at IUPUI.
- Some facilities serve primarily on reusable service-ware (metal silverware, ceramic dishes)

A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

Many departments on campus sell or give away refillable water bottles and reusable bags to minimize plastic waste.

The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:

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