Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Morris
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

UMM proudly practices green chemistry and green lab design. The faculty and staff on this campus are very interested and occupied with trying to reduce the amounts of waste produced. The faculty are constantly trying new ways to do labs that are more environmentally friendly. This includes manufacturing chemicals in one lab that can be used in a subsequent lab.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

The University of Minnesota, Morris is part of a larger system, the University of Minnesota. As a member of the larger system, we follow the waste handling procedures set by the larger system, but modified to fit Morris. The waste in the system is managed by the Department of Health and Safety.
The chemicals from our plant services and art departments are also collected and transported to the cities.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

Our campus proudly practices green chemistry. Our professors work together to reduce chemical waste and design labs that allow for the reuse of chemicals. Chemicals that are not reused in UMM labs but could be reused elsewhere are delivered to the Twin Cities campus Hazardous Waste facility where they are placed in a redistribution network.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

There are boxes in buildings around campus where people can recycle ink cartridges. In addition, battery recycling is available in certain locations. As for larger electronic waste, such as computers, our Computing Services collects and evaluates if items should be refurbished or recycled. The electronic waste from UMM is shipped via University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Department of Environmental Health & Safety to a facility in St. Paul that recycles it.

Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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