Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.12
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2014
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Portland State University
OP-17: Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.20 / 5.00 Tony Hair
Waste Management Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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Weight of materials recycled, 2005 baseline year :
873 Tons
+ Date Revised: March 14, 2014

Weight of materials composted, 2005 baseline year :
0 Tons
+ Date Revised: March 14, 2014

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, 2005 baseline year :
1,662 Tons
+ Date Revised: March 14, 2014

Weight of materials recycled, performance year :
609.10 Tons

Weight of materials composted, performance year :
265.40 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, performance year :
1,787.20 Tons

List the start and end dates of the waste reduction performance year:
7/1/2012-6/30/2013

On-campus residents, 2005:
1,272

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
13,000

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
10,340

On-campus residents, performance year:
1,658

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
18,203

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
12,999

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with waste reduction performance year):
7/1/2012-6/30/2013

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to waste-reduction goals, such as zero waste:
Yes

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve waste reduction goals:

The PSU Climate Action Plan calls for a 25% reduction in solid waste (from a 2008 baseline) as well as a reduction in landfill-bound waste to 10% of total waste.
Actions to achieve these targets include:
Changing printing and printer standards, revising custodial contracts, investigating elimination of bottled water, expanding education and outreach, and establishing and improving tracking systems.
See http://www.pdx.edu/sites/www.pdx.edu.sustainability/files/ClimateActionPlan%284mb%29.pdf for more information.

PSU's Waste Management Coordinator with the Campus Sustainability
Office is dedicated to creating a sustainable campus by reducing waste,
expanding recycling opportunities,and increasing campus diversion rates.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste reduction initiatives is available:

PSU's hauler does not provide actual weight of materials. All data are the result of driver estimates of container fullness.

Performance year - FY2013

Recycled includes:

Commingle (mixed fibers, cardboard, rigid plastics, scrap metal, and glass)

Compost includes:
Organics (landscaping debris, food scraps, wood waste)

Source:
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Campus population sources:
Housing info from John Eckman, Director of Auxiliary Services
Factbooks from http://www.oirp.pdx.edu/
http://www.oirp.pdx.edu/source/fact11f/factf11.htm (Fall 2011)

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