Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.07
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of California, Merced
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Matthew Hirota
Waste Management Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
UC Merced's Waste Sorting Line

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The waste sorting line at UC Merced is comprised of a team of sixteen students who collect recycle, compost, and landfill waste from all campus buildings excluding dining and housing facilities.

Waste from each building is transported and separated into 15 categories. After separation, the recyclable materials are sold. Compostable materials are sent to a local compost facility. Non recyclable or compostable material is sent to the landfill.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The measurable outcome of the program included a waste diversion rate of 80% from the upper part of campus, which excludes dining and housing.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
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Water Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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