Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date March 11, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Ohio University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elaine Goetz
Director of Energy Management & Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Composting Facility

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

Ohio University has the largest in-vessel compost facility in the nation, as of 2009. The facility was expanded in 2012 thanks to an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant in the amount of $1,088,571. The expansion included the addition of: a 4-ton expandable in-vessel system (WEMI-8000EX), enabling the university to compost
100% of its pre- and post-consumer dining waste; a 31.1 kilowatt solar array to completely power the current site and expansion; a 1.4 gallon solar thermal water heating system to improve the ability of workers to clean the collection bins with harvested rainwater; a windrow turner; and a waste-oil burner to heat the pole barn during the winter.


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

In FY11 Ohio University sent 3214 short tons of waste to the landfill, and composted 252 short tons. In FY14 Ohio University sent 2184 short tons of waste to the landfill, and composted 1094 short tons.


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 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings No
Dining Services Yes
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water No
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:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

Waste and compost data for FY14 and FY11 can be found at http://rs.acupcc.org/ghg/3278/ (spreadsheet download at bottom of website)

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