Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.78
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Portland State University
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.90 / 1.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
358.18 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
41.96 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:
89.51

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:

Portland State University requires all major new construction and renovation projects to achieve LEED Gold minimum certification through U.S. Green Building Council under the most current version of LEED. Our Technical Design Standards is provided to all contractors prior to when work begins on a project. Division1 (General Requirements), section B (Sustainable Design), sub-sect 2 (Waste Management), PSU outlines how materials generated from these projects will be recycled. It states:
a) Recycle construction materials per City of Portland standards and in accordance with a LEED certified waste management plan for major remodel and construction projects. Complete and submit the Pre-construction recycling plan/applications as required by the City of Portland. All landfill and recycling weight tickets and/or hauler invoices should be copied and routed to PSU’s Project Manager and Waste Management Coordinator to verify waste management methods and include totals in PSU’s diversion rate.
b) Minimize waste as much as possible by using the four preferred strategies to waste reduction, in this order: source reduction, reuse, recycling, and waste-to-energy.
c) Provide approved waste and recycling containers for common areas on each floor. Contact and coordinate with PSU’s Project Manager and Waste Management Coordinator.
d) Provide approved compost containers for departmental break rooms and kitchens areas. Contact and coordinate with PSU’s Project Manager and Waste Management Coordinator.
e) Ensure inclusion of approved outdoor infrastructure or containment bay for all waste management activities. Contact and coordinate with PSU’s Project Manager and Waste Management Coordinator.
f) For Projects that generate light ballasts and lamps containing polychlorinated biphenyl and mercury; or other hazardous waste contact EHS.


Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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PSU, PCC, OHSU, and City of Portland are constructing a new building on the current site of a parking lot east of ASRC. The 3/4 block site will house the "L-shaped", seven-story, 174,500 GSF building, is bound by public transit on four sides, and will contain a variety of uses including ground level retail, classrooms, a dental clinic, academic and non-academic offices. With multiple users joining together in one building, key partners can share resources and become greater than the sum of their parts—enhancing programs and expanding their impact in our community. Each tenant in the building is committed to sustainability and responsible development to enhance Portland.

Data not updated for FY20 due to CoVid

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