Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.31
Liaison Katherine Straub
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Susquehanna University
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.85 / 8.00 Katherine Straub
Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 29 Tons 74 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 666 Tons 690 Tons
Total waste generated 695 Tons 764 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

Chose 2013 as the baseline year to be consistent with the GHG inventory baseline.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2001 1782
Number of employees resident on-site 16 16
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2149.60 2168
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 436 439
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 2443.45 2404.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.28 Tons 0.32 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
10.47

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
4.17

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
4.17

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

Batteries, fluorescent and other light bulbs/lamps


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
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Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:
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A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:
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A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
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A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):
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A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):

Information Technology holds a "yard sale" each year to sell surplus IT equipment to campus community members.


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

All students are allotted $30 per semester for printing and copying. They are charged the same rates as faculty and administrators - $0.06 B&W, $0.10 Color. If they go over their allotment, the Bursar will invoice for printing/copying charges.

By default, printing is set for duplex 2-sided and black and white. Single sided and color are available but must be selected at the time of printing.

Faculty can request additional university allotted pages for particular classes.

All student printing requests are stored for 24 hours. If the print job is not actually released and printed, the print job will be deleted from the print queue.

University wide, no printing on the Multifunction Printers takes place without a charge code, resulting in all print charges being allocated to one of the university’s department budgets.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

Faculty meeting agendas and minutes are distributed electronically. Updated Faculty Handbooks are printed only by request. Course catalogs are printed only by request.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Information Technology designates areas during move-out for students to leave unwanted electronics.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Landfill waste includes both Facilities (campus) and Aramark (Dining Services)

FY 2017:
Facilities 320 tons
Aramark 337 tons Evert + 9 tons Ele's
Total = 666 tons

FY 2013:
Facilities 344 tons
Aramark 337 tons Evert + 9 tons Ele's
Total = 690 tons

Evert weights calculated based on EPA 2016 volume to weight conversion of 463 lbs per cubic yard for food waste; Evert dumpster is 6 cubic yards and has 243 pickups/year = 337.5 tons per year

Ele's (Natural Science Center cafe) weights calculated on EPA 2016 volume to weight conversion of 73 lbs per cubic yard for commercial municipal solid waste dry waste (high end estimate) since mostly plates, cups, etc.; Ele's dumpster is 4 cubic yards and has 64 pickups/year = 9.3 tons per year

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