Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date March 17, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.17 / 5.00 Stephanie Lage
Assistant Director
Ctr for Sustainable Environment
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 2,447.16 Tons 2,768.94 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 4,071 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 5,425.97 Tons 4,925.01 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 11,467 11,614
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 43,398 41,496
Full-time equivalent of employees 13,814 14,386
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
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A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Campus surplus department warehouses unwanted office supplies and equipment, and aids in the transfer of these materials to other units in need.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

For many years, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made available electronic versions of the course catalog, course schedule, and directories.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

Most, if not all computer labs and libraries charge $0.10/page for black and white printing, and $0.40/page for color printing.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

The Dump n Run sale collects items in the spring when students move out, and then sells the items in the fall to new or returning students.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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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:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

All residence hall meals are served without trays


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):
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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):
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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:

The residence halls offer a discount for bringing your own water bottle or coffee cup.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:

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