Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.95
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of San Diego
OP-T2-7: Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michael Catanzaro
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a pre-consumer food waste composting program?:
Yes

A brief description of the pre-consumer food waste composting program:

The main dining area at USD is home to a BioHiTech Food Digester that transforms an average of 3,200 pounds of food waste into water each week. The digester uses a highly specialized formula of micro-organisms to break down food waste that reduces the amount of solid waste for disposal. This system diverts waste from landfills and decreases fuel consumption. According to BioHiTech America, operating the company’s 1200 model at full capacity for 1-year reduces emissions of 470,000 pounds of CO2 and 58 MTCE of greenhouse gases.


The overall percentage of meals for which pre-consumer scraps are composted:
20

The percentage of meal plan meals for which pre-consumer scraps are composted:
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The percentage of retail facility meals for which pre-consumer scraps are composted:
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The percentage of conference meals for which pre-consumer scraps are composted:
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The website URL where information about the composting program is available:

Also see "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" at http://www.sandiego.edu/dining/resources/ for an overview of the digester.

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