Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.98
Liaison Audrey McSain
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katharine Targett Gross
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability


Institution has banned or eliminated the on-site sales and distribution of at least one type of single-use disposable plastic, for example:

  • Straws

  • Beverage bottles

  • Shopping bags

  • Food serviceware, containers, or utensils

  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam™) products

  • Individually packaged items (e.g., napkins, condiments, and baked goods)

To qualify, a single-use disposable plastic must have been banned or eliminated across the entire institution. Biodegradable plastic options may be used if they are both certified compostable and used in conjunction with a campus composting program.


This credit is optional and may be earned by any institution that meets the criteria.


An institution earns 0.5 bonus points when it meets the criteria. Partial points are not available.


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