Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.23
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date Jan. 20, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sewanee - The University of the South
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.39 / 5.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials composted 60 Tons 60 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 859 Tons 894 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,603 1,580
Number of residential employees 12 12
Number of in-patient hospital beds 20 20
Full-time equivalent enrollment 1,697 1,669
Full-time equivalent of employees 615.41 617.47
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 Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

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

Worked with Joe B, who coordinates trash pickup on campus, to calculate how much he delivered to the Franklin County Landfill.


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:

Surplus office equipment and university vehicles are warehoused with Physical Plant Services and made available to departments and offices through periodic sales which are also open to the public.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Course catalogs, course schedules, and directories are still printed at this time.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

No limited printing exists at this time.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Residential Life initiates move-out waste collection at each dorm to capture items that are donated to local second-hand stores and non-profits. And also, extensive resale and donations between students also occurs.


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:
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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):

No reusable food containers available at this time.


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:

Stirling's Coffee House offers a free cup of coffee if you bring your own mug 6 times. This equates to a $0.33 savings per cup.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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