Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 38.09
Liaison Clara Fang
Submission Date May 14, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Towson University
OP-17: Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 5.00 Clara Fang
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Weight of materials recycled, 2005 baseline year :
767.30 Tons

Weight of materials composted, 2005 baseline year :
0 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, 2005 baseline year :
2,485.20 Tons

Weight of materials recycled, performance year :
1,102.19 Tons

Weight of materials composted, performance year :
102.84 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, performance year :
3,408 Tons

List the start and end dates of the waste reduction performance year:
Jan 1- Dec 31 2011

On-campus residents, 2005:
3,428

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
12,060

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
5,368

On-campus residents, performance year:
4,810

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
14,159

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
5,696

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with waste reduction performance year):
January 1 - December 31, 2011

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to waste-reduction goals, such as zero waste:
No

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve waste reduction goals:

Below is a list of waste reduction strategies Towson already employs as well as strategies highlighted in the climate action plan that Towson can or should employ:

1. Improve the single stream recycling rate by enhancing education and outreach on recycling.
2. Continue to encourage and facilitate initiatives to reduce waste such as the “bagless” initiative in the University Store, the Reusable Mug and Bottle programs and going “trayless” in the food service facilities.
3. Continue to monitor, study and develop revisions to make the single-stream solid waste and recycling collection system on campus to be more user-friendly and effective.
4. Investigate the feasibility of implementing “move-out” and “move-in” waste reduction initiatives.
5. Require all campus construction projects to recycle construction and demolition wastes to the greatest extent practical.
6. Develop a plan for creating a composting area on campus.
7. Study the cost-benefit of eliminating some or all disposable bottles and cans on campus.


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