Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Sue Fassler
Sustainable Facilities Manager
Facilities
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
The NYS Center for Sustainable Materials Management was launched at ESF during September 2020. This Center is funded through a $5.75 million investment from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions is a critical partner organization in NYS Center for SMM efforts.

The Center -- the first of it's kind in the Nation -- is focusing on community engagement, outreach, policy development, public education, research and technical assistance with the intention of:

- Promoting waste prevention and reduction, particularly packaging reduction and product stewardship
- Encouraging closed-loop, responsible purchasing
- Developing economic markets for recyclables, fostering entrepreneurship and helping convert manufacturing to use recycling feedstock
- Launching a comprehensive community outreach and public education campaign, and facilitating additional stakeholder engagement
- Identifying new methods to manage non-recyclable fibrous materials through the development of composting options
- Identifying new methods to manage non-recyclable fibrous materials through the development of unique conversion options

During Fall 2022, the Center launched a new website:
- https://www.centerforsmm.org/

The RecycleRightNY campaign is a critical component is the Center's education and outreach work:
- https://recyclerightny.org/

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Center for Sustainable Materials Management Partners with GBCI to Advance Zero-Waste Strategies in New York State
- https://www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=9953

The New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management Launches New Website
- https://www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=10090

Grant funds New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management
- https://www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=8782

Center for Sustainable Materials Management Partners with GBCI to Advance Zero-Waste Strategies in New York State
- https://www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=9953

The New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management Launches New Website
- https://www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=10090

Grant funds New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management
- https://www.esf.edu/communications/view.asp?newsID=8782

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