Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
OP-24: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.87 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
4,989.73 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated :
748.69 Tons

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

Penn State's Construction and Demolition Program manages construction and demolition waste. It separates recycleable materials from non-recycleables and disposes of them appropriately.
http://sustainability.psu.edu/construction-and-demolition-cd-program
Penn State includes a Construction Waste Management requirement on all projects regardless of whether or not LEED certification is pursued. This requirement stipulates that the contractor recycle and/or salvage 75% of construction, demolition, and land clearing waste, and is detailed in Article 8.11 of General Conditions of the Contract http://www.opp.psu.edu/planning-construction/design_and_construction_standards/division-00-procurement-and-contracting-requirements/documents/SECTION%20D%20GC.pdf
The following are mandatory requirements of Penn State's LEED policy:
- use materials with recycled content such that 10-20% of total cost of all materials is these materials
- use materials that have been harvested, recovered, manufactured within 500 miles of the project site for 10-20% of total cost of all materials
- use a minimum of 50% of wood-based materials and products certified with Forest Stewardship Council for wood building components.

In 2008 Penn State established a partnership with Armstrong Ceilings to recycle old ceiling tiles removed from renovation sites. Used tiles are removed and stored in a trailer provided by Armstrong until it reaches capacity, then are transported off-site to be remanufactured into new ceiling tiles.


Waste data reported is from major (>$5m) construction/ renovation projects completed in 2013 (Pell Lab, Old Main reno, Pegula Ice Arena). Waste data from Penn State's Renovation Services projects is not available for 2013; however the target recycling rate for these smaller projects is similar to that for large ones (at least 75% diversion rate).
Tracking of C&D from Renovation Services projects recommenced in 2014.

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