Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.49
Liaison Sarah Burke
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.02 / 8.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 446.06 Tons 320 Tons
Materials composted 24 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 39.94 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 997.94 Tons 852 Tons
Total waste generated 1507.94 Tons 1172 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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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, 2011

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

The baseline was the best estimate of the average expected over a 3 year timeframe. Adjustments were made this year on the way of estimations were calculated, thus the differences between our previous report and current report. Housing waste was not included in the previous report (baseline adjusted to now contain housing waste).


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1977 1660
Number of employees resident on-site 3 3
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 12482 11629
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1913 1661
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 681.50 283
Weighted campus users 10780.13 10171

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.14 Tons 0.12 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
33.82

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
33.82

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal No
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

Other materials that were included in our totals were tools and vehicles.


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
0 Tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

The Office of Sustainability is currently working on a schedule to routinely conduct waste audits.


A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

The Sustainability Website offers tips in regards to waste reduction and recycling.


A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

The Office of Sustainability is currently conducting a waste program review to identify areas for improvement and to create a standard operating procedure for waste. This includes creating signage for waste bins and working to expand the University's standard bin type to more of campus.


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

The Procurement Office is committed to buying more environmentally preferable goods and services as long as they meet the performance needs and they are available within a reasonable period of time at a reasonable cost.

http://www.unomaha.edu/accounting-services/procurement-office/goods-and-equipment/sustainable-purchasing.php


A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Surplus properties receives, re-distributes, and sells excess University property. There is no charge for pickup and delivery of equipment on the UNO campus. Most surplus property items are available to University departments. If departments are interested in something or would like to make a request for future items, they just need to fill out a form.

Usable equipment and furniture (not requested by another department) is taken to a local company to be repurposed and redistributed. Large items (such as exercise equipment) are posted on Craig's List.

http://www.unomaha.edu/business-and-finance/support-services/mail-services/surplus-property.php


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):

Surplus Property receives, redistributes, and sells excess University property. There is no charge for pick up and delivery of equipment on the UNO campus. Most surplus property items are available to University departments. If departments are interested in something or would like to make a request for future items, they just need to fill out a form.

http://www.unomaha.edu/business-and-finance/support-services/mail-services/surplus-property.php


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

Most centralized printing areas are set to print double-sided as the default. In addition, most offices no longer have individual printers (unless needed for confidentiality reasons).

Students pay for printing on campus and receive a small discount if they print double-sided.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

The University no longer prints course catalogs and only sparingly makes directories available in print. In addition, faculty are encouraged to use a number of online tools to eliminate the need for printing.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Residence Life partnered with a local nonprofit, YouthMart, with assistance from Leadership Omaha to donate all discarded, usable materials during Move-Out 2016. Any unopened, non-perishable food items were donated to Maverick Food Pantry. It is the hope of Residence Life to partner with YouthMart in the future to make this an annual event.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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