|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||March 8, 2017|
University of Arkansas
OP-22: Waste Minimization
|3.34 / 5.00||
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||593.20 Tons||408.50 Tons|
|Materials composted||69.30 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials reused, donated or re-sold||22.22 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||1,074 Tons||1,079.40 Tons|
Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of residential students||6,012||4,551|
|Number of residential employees||187||0|
|Number of in-patient hospital beds||0||0|
|Full-time equivalent enrollment||23,585||14,814|
|Full-time equivalent of employees||4,553||3,747|
|Full-time equivalent of distance education students||2,019||1,342|
Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2015||June 30, 2016|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2008||June 30, 2009|
A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
This waste generation baseline was established during the 2011 academic year. The 2008 baseline is representative of waste efforts prior to the adoption of University of Arkansas' Zero Waste Initiative.
A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
Yearly waste audits have been performed by Kessler Consulting and the University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability.
A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
The UA is currently developing more robust policies around procurement with the end in mind.
A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
Surplus University Property manages the re-use of furniture and other durable goods on campus.
A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
Blackboard, Dropbox, PIGS and other programs limit the use of paper on campus.
A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:
A PrintSmart management system is in place. Students are given a 'free printing limit' each semester, then must pay for copies at university printers.
A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
Housing asks local charities to submit applications to be considered for an end of the year collection. A student group helps select the charity that collects all student donations after move out.
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:
A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:
Trayless dining is now the only option at all five food courts on campus. This had dramatic cost and waste savings.
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):
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):
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:
Project Green Thumb mugs may be purchased from campus retail locations for re-filling/re-use. Customers may also bring in their own cups.
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:
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