Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.82
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Temple University
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.22 / 8.00 Rebecca Collins
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 2,141.77 Tons 1,031.50 Tons
Materials composted 156.49 Tons 270 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 96.76 Tons 20.50 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 3,535.92 Tons 4,439.88 Tons
Total waste generated 5,930.94 Tons 5,761.88 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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):

FY 2006 was the first year of reliable reported data

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 5,366 4,550
Number of employees resident on-site 12 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 1 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 36,541 25,280
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 7,571 6,478
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 787 0
Weighted campus users 33,839.25 24,959

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.18 Tons 0.23 Tons

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

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

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

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 No
Other (please specify below) Yes

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

Tyler School of Art glass, office supplies, construction waste, theater sets and unwanted installation projects from the Tyler School of Art (via Revolution Recovery). Office furnitute, preconsumer food waste.

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) :

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?:

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?:

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?:

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):

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:

Recycling and waste containers are placed in pairs to reduce contamination. Educational signage and lids for recycling units encourage proper recycling.

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:

Temple participates in RecycleMania every year. We also provide guidence on recycling right via the sustainability website and social media channels.

A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

The university conducted waste and recycling audits of the exterior trash and recycling containers to determine the recycling rate and the potential diversion opportunities in the waste stream during June 2016.

Additionally, during spring 2016, students conducted waste and recycling audits in select buildings on campus.

A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

The technical specifications for the university require contractors to meet a 75% diversion rate for C&D construction waste for new buildings and renovations.

A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

1. Temple's Computer Recycling Center and the Office of Sustainability partnered to accept donations of unwanted office supplies and makes them available at no cost to other departments and students on campus through Swap Tables and the Swap Room located in the Office of Sustainability.
2. The computer recycling center also recycles and upgrades retired university computers, printers, and other electronic equipment. They make the items available online for discounted prices to university departments and members of the Temple community. The program also establishes computer labs in area schools.

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):

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):

1. All currently-enrolled Temple University students paying the University Services Fee receive a free printing quota. This quota may be used for standard (8.5" x 11" black and white) and color laser printing only. There is a charge for plotters and some specialty printing. The amount of your quota depends on the amount of University Services Fee paid (based on credit hours) for the semester in which you are enrolled. If you exhaust your quota, your Diamond Dollars account will be automatically charged for any printing. At the end of each six-month printing period, any unused quota is deleted. The quota has no cash value; there are no refunds or transfers for unused quotas.

2. Duplexing is the default setting for printers in the Tech Center. This reduces the amount of used paper generated.

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:

Temple University uses self-service banner for all of its course catalogs and schedules. Hard copies of the catalogs and course schedules are no longer made available. The university's directory is hosted online via the Cherry and White directory, and hard copies are not made available. Student Affairs has also utilized the online app for programming information.

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

Temple's Residential Life Department organizes an end of the year clean-out, which focuses on collecting donations from students leaving the residence halls. The clean-out targets clothing, food, carpet, household items, and electronics. With the exception of electronics, the items are donated to local charities. The electronics are recycled through the university's computer recycling center.

A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:

1. Since 2011, over 100 water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout Temple campuses, providing cool, filtered water to the Temple community. Most water bottle filling stations have a counter located on them to track how many bottles were diverted from the waste stream through the use of the station.

2. Rentacrate supplies durable plastic containers for moves, offering a sustainable alternative to throw-away cardboard boxes. Rentacrate bins can be used for dormitory move-ins and also by university offices for small or large moves.

3. Staples and Alpha have developed a program in partnership with Temple University where ordered office supplies are delivered in reusable boxes and returned back to Alpha. The program is estimated to remove 16,000 boxes or 12.8 tons of cardboard from the waste stream per year.

4. The university's dining services vendor offers discounted refills for individuals who use a reusable cup.

5. Bulk waste like Theater sets/Art installation material is recycled through Revolution Recovery, a C&D recycling program.

6. The university hosts a sheet music swap each semester for members of the Boyer College of Music and Dance.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Updated for FY2019

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