Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Jay Meldrum
Submission Date July 8, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Michigan Technological University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Residence Hall Recycling Initiative

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Residence Hall Recycling Initiative team (the team), consisting of nine students spread across five departments, plans to distribute recycling bins throughout the Residence Halls to ease student, staff, and visitor accessibility to recycling. This involves putting a small bin in each Residence Hall room, as well as larger bins throughout the buildings in locations that are near normal trash routes for Facilities Management. The team has already gained responsibility of 450 small recycling bins from the Inter-Residence Housing Council (IRHC). The intended outcomes of this project include increased recycling rates in the residence halls, and a higher level of recycling understanding among students.

Credit criteria are being met by this program because the recycling initiative is the first of its kind on campus. It is a grassroots effort to increase recycling on campus and incorporates multiple sustainability concepts. This project brings together Facilities Management (Grounds and Custodial Services) Residential Life, Sustainability and Resiliency, and the Office of Sustainability. The program began in January 2020 after funding was awarded.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Grounds
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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