Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.90
Liaison Kristina Hughes
Submission Date March 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.99 / 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 393.47 Tons 369 Tons
Materials composted 25 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 17.26 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 988.68 Tons 879 Tons
Total waste generated 1,424.41 Tons 1,248 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, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2010 June 30, 2013

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 period, FY11-13.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,278 1,936
Number of employees resident on-site 35 3
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 12,733 11,869
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 2,155 1,673
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 807 336
Weighted campus users 11,139 10,389.25

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.13 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:
30.59

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
30.59

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 Property 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 Craigslist.


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. Students have found this to be an excellent way of keeping their equipment running by purchasing peripheral equipment such as keyboards, mice, and cables.


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:

Since 2016, Residence Life has partnered with a local nonprofit, YouthMart, to donate all discarded, usable materials during Move-Out. Any unopened, non-perishable food items were donated to Maverick Food Pantry.


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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