Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.02
Liaison Zachary Czuprynski
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Prescott College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Zachary Czuprynski
Sustainability Coordinator
Green Mountain Center for Sustainablity
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Prescott College is in the initial stages of implementation for a hazardous materials management system that applied to operations across campus, with particular focus on Chemistry Lab, Photo Lab and Facilities management.  Hazardous materials managed on campus include solid and liquid chemical components for various laboratory experiments used in the chemistry portions of Environmental Studies Department Curriculum, liquid photo processing chemicals and other art materials used in the Arts and Letters Department curriculum, as well as cleaning supplies and solvents used in general operations and Facilities Department management. All hazardous materials are managed in a way that focuses on minimizing use to essential functions, considering replacement materials where possible, and optimizing efficiency to reduce disposal needs.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
All materials are documented in a centralized list using a chain-of-custody approach that begins with purchasing, includes items stored in secure and safe locations in each area, and also then extends to regulatory compliant disposal as described below. All individuals involved in the handling and use of these materials are trained in OSHA and other relevant hazardous materials management protocols and regulatory requirements.  
Hazardous materials inventory documentation and records of individuals who are required to and hold necessary training certifications are managed by the Director of Facilities as a part of centralized record keeping for this hazardous materials management system.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
No significant hazardous release events have occurred in the previous three years.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
Lab chemicals are kept within campus boundaries, locked in a designated laboratory classroom. Only faculty members that are teaching a specific lab course are granted access to these rooms as well as the Facilities Director.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:
We currently contract with an e-waste handler to dispose of all electronic waste in several pickups through the course of a year. We are currently exploring options of switching to a chain-of-custody e-waste handler and also encouraging our current handler to obtain certification.

Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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