Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jessa Gagne
Submission Date April 22, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Stonehill College
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.76 / 5.00 Jessa Gagne
Energy Manager
Operations & Finance
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 126 Tons 115 Tons
Materials composted 9 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 640 Tons 733 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,097
+ Date Revised: May 12, 2016
Number of residential employees 15 15
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2,382.30 2,389
Full-time equivalent of employees 608 419
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 July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2009 June 30, 2010

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

Its the first date where all of the required data had been collected.

A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

Stonehill College contracted with recycling vendor NRRA (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) to pick up and process our paper, plastic, glass, and metal.
Recycling bins are located in all areas on campus. Building Services collects the recycling from these bins on a scheduled basis. The recycling is moved to larger containers, which are picked up by NRRA.
Working with other vendors we also recycle mattresses, ink jet cartridges, cell phones, batteries, CD's, light bulbs, waste oil, monitors, TV, and computer/electronic equipment.
Stonehill College participates in Recyclemania.
The College currently compost about 100 pounds of fruit and vegetable scraps each day from the campus dining areas - both pre and post consumer waste, which is used at Stonehill's Farm. Over the past few years, composting has increased through education and additional compost bin locations.

A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

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

Employees have to opt in to received a printed copy of the annual factbook, which had previously been printed for all employees. Phone directories, W-2's and various other printed materials are now only available online.

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

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

A student group collects any unwanted furniture, clothes, non-perishable food items, electronics and other items typically left behind by students that can be reused. They are donated to local charities including My Brother's Keeper and the Epilepsy Foundation.

A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:

A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:

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:

Compost bins in the commercial kitchens and dining facilities- food is composted at The Farm at Stonehill.
Meal plans are based on the food each person purchases from the cafeterias. There are no "all you can eat" cafeterias.

A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

Food waste sent to The Farm at Stonehill is weighed and tracked.

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):

Reusable to-go containers and reusable hot/cold cups are provided to all freshmen. An additional 1,000 are given out during the year at various sustainability events.

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):

Ceramic bowls, ceramic plates, salad bowls, reusable plastic cups and metal utensils are provided daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plastic to-go utensils are also available but they are recyclable.

Green reusable plastic containers are available for students who desire to have a to-go meal.

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:

When utilizing the reusable to-go containers, students do not have to pay for the disposable to-go containers that cost 33 cents each. They must pay $3.00 if they want more than one green to-go container (everyone is given a free one freshman year in the Green Kits). If students bring their own cup to the cafeteria, they do not have to pay for a paper one.

Additionally, students can receive a 50 cent discount per refill on their beverages at the on-campus Dunkin Donuts if they bring their own cup.

A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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