Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.27
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date July 12, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Texas at Arlington
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.02 / 5.00 Meghna Tare
Office of Sustainability
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 558.83 Metric tons 445.87 Metric tons
Materials composted 31.75 Metric tons 31.75 Metric tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 43.82 Metric tons 40.82 Metric tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 11,748.95 Metric tons Metric tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,363 5,000
Number of residential employees 10 5,000
Number of in-patient hospital beds 40 23
Full-time equivalent enrollment 51,443 28,000
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,277 5,000
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 14,770 4,000

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Sept. 1, 2014 Aug. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2004 Aug. 31, 2005

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

The baseline of 2005 was adopted because we had accurate records starting that year. Also our goal is 20 % reduction by 2020 of 2005 levels

A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

The University is committed to reusing the resources within the community. The Office of Business Affairs and Controllers, Asset Management collects discarded or unused items throughout the campus and store it on site location.
The surplus is sold online through a website.
Some of the items like the old bikes (pounded by the police or from the lost and found) are being fixed and included in the Maverick Bike Program on campus for students to use for the entire semester (free of cost).

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

All catalogs, both undergraduate and graduate are located online. Additionally the schedule of classes is listed online.
The information packet for the students moving into the on campus housing is also provided online.
The University encourages to send information and marketing brochures via email or online.

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

UT Arlington students have a $100 quota for free printing using OIT and librray printers during the academic year. Once a student has used his/her quota she will have to pay for all subsequent printing for the year. Students need their Mav express card to release all print jobs.
The Institution is also encouraging the use of online resources to reduce printing including posting the tenure applications and related documents online.
For the Fy 2010-11 we are also exploring the option to mandate double sided printing, restrict color printing, using web based printers, provide with technology like ipad and laptop to faculty to reduce the printing.

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

Residence Hall students are asked to donate unwanted clothing, toiletries, and non-perishable food during the move-out. The Office of Facilities Management Staff deliver three large blue bins to each of the five residence halls. The Residence Director (RA) is also responsible for appropriately labeling the bins and marketing the programs. The RD will also contact a local agency to coordinate the donation and pick up.

A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:

A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:

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:

A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

Aramark and UT Arlington began the trayless initiative at the beginning of Fall of 2009 in the Connections’ Café (cafeteria style dining primarily for students living in on campus housing and participating in the meal program). The program was adopted to use less water and soap to clean the trays each day. Additionally, students tend not to take more food than needed without the tray.

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):

The reusable to-go boxes are available at the Connection Cafe in the UC, and are part of the university’s sustainability efforts. Initially the Cafe used plastic foam then moved on to use biodegradable boxes before the implementation of the reusable box. After using the box, students must bring it back to the Cafe so they can either turn in it or swap it out for a clean one. The boxes are microwaveable and dishwasher safe. While the Cafe will wash the boxes upon return, students are encouraged to rinse the boxes before returning them.

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):

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:

University Dining Services supports the use of Reusable mugs on campus. Students, faculty, or staff who use reusable mugs only pay a dollar for any size refill on campus for coffee and fountain soda.

A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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