Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.85
Liaison Milan Stijepovic
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Pitzer College
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.56 / 5.00 Warren Biggins
Sustainability Manager
Robert Redford Conservancy
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 108 Tons 162 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 216 Tons 725 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 815 634
Number of residential employees 6 4
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 980.67 998
Full-time equivalent of employees 298 280
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 7, 2007 June 30, 2008

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

The waste generation baseline of 2008 was adopted because 2008 was when the College completed its first GHG emissions report.


A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
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A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

The ReRoom initiative is a student lead initiative that takes place during move-in and move-out. During move-out, ReRoom staff accept donations from students, faculty, and staff and store the items over the summer. Then, during the fall move-in, these items are offered for sale to incoming and returning students. In spring of 2015, ReRoom staff collected enough donations to fill four shipping containers. Currently, no hard data exists on the weight of the donated items, though the Sustainability Manager is working with ReRoom staff so that an estimate can be made during the next collection.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:

Pre-consumer food waste that is appropriate for composting is collected from the dining hall kitchen area. While this program was in place during the performance year, food waste volume/weight was not tracked.


A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:
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A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

By paying a small deposit, students can utilize reusable plastic containers for to-go meals. Students can then bring the dirty container back to the dining hall and exchange for a clean one.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):
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A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:
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A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

Pre and post-consumer food waste is collected and composted at the student-run campus garden and with a community partner, Huerta del Valle.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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In regards to the waste generated reporting field, please note that: Pitzer does have a pre and post-consumer composting program, and the ReRoom Initiative collects materials for reuse, resale, and donation. However, the weight of the materials composted and collected were not tracked during the performance year and thus are not included.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.