|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
University of Florida
IN-1: Innovation 1
|1.00 / 1.00||
Office of Sustainability
Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the University of Florida has been collecting used paper towels from restrooms in selected buildings across campus to be taken along with food waste from the dining halls for composting. As part of the process, UF worked with the supplier of the paper towels to obtain third party testing of compostability. As of April 2016, over 80 buildings now have collection of paper towels for composting, with continued expansion planned across campus.
A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
UF uses over 500,000 pounds of brown paper towels each year. Composting these paper towels will greatly reduce UF's trash that goes to landfill and increase the percentage of UF's waste that is composted.
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 5):
|Yes or No|
|Air & Climate||No|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||No|
|Diversity & Affordability||No|
|Health, Wellbeing & Work||No|
Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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