Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.70
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date Jan. 17, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Loyola University Chicago
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Loyola’s Compost Collection Network

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The purpose of the Compost Collection Network is to catalyze businesses and institutions to participate in a commercial compost program.

Loyola started composting in 2012 in one dining hall and learned a tremendous amount for what a successful compost program entails. We launched the Compost Collection Network to share these best practices to our neighboring business community and other Chicago institutions as well as to increase the economy of scale and help grow the compost market.

Our goal is to make composting easy for businesses and institutions. Loyola staff and students offer the following to Compost Collection Network participants:
Consultation in choosing a compost hauler
Support with compost program launch, including initial staff training, the monitoring of the program to reduce contamination, and education to customers
Essential supplies such as biodegradable liners, signage, and indoor bins
Calculation of environmental benefits such as CO2 reduced
Cost sharing of compost services is possible until funds last or until the program concludes
So far, we have three restaurants, one grocery store, and one museum participating, and this has resulted in over 21 tons of food scraps diverted from landfills.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Over 21 tons of food scraps diverted from landfills. Grant funding that allows sustainability staff and student internship experience for Loyola.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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