Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.40
Liaison Saiyare Refaei
Submission Date March 12, 2013
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STARS v1.1

Pacific Lutheran University
OP-18: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.35 / 3.00 Jenny Taylor
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials recycled, composted, reused, donated, re-sold, or otherwise diverted :
437.50 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
533.80 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate:

PLU has a SurPLUs store to facilitate the reuse of materials (see Tier 2 Credit 1), recycling and composting in every residence hall, and most academic buildings on campus, and on campus recycling facilities.
PLU also participates in RecycleMania to encourage higher recycling rates and education among students and faculty. The Sustainability is beginning a program that will offer recycling education in required first year classes to increase recycling awareness and know-how.
Several clubs across campus have partnered with the Sustainability Department to message the importance of recycling across campus, hosting recycled art competitions and selling reusable mugs and bags to increase the diversion rate.


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