Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.64
Liaison Jessica Bilecki
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of the Pacific
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.76 / 5.00 Scott Heaton
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 1,559.37 Tons 1,770.81 Tons
Materials composted 390.04 Tons 297.55 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 100 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 681.17 Tons 978.51 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,884 2,020
Number of residential employees 32 45
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 4,906 4,616.48
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,333.32 1,200
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

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

Information reported as baseline was from FY-06, the closest year to that requested by AASHE STARS 1.2 for which data was known.

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:

* Pacific implemented recycling across campus to divert the amount of waste to landfills.

* Bon Appettit, our food provider, charges .25 cents each time a student wants their food to-go and does not use a reusable eco-clam.

* Mail Services collects ink cartridges, batteries, electronics, boxes, bubble wrap and other random materials for re-use and recycling;

*The Robb Garden will collect coffee grounds from our on campus coffee house for use as fertilizer in the garden.

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

Pacific operates a surplus program for furnishings. Materials not redistributed through surplus are donated to Habitat for Humanity or other local charitable non-profits.

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

The general catalog is made available electronically on the Pacific website. Only a limited number of hard copies are printed for internal use.

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

Prints and copies are charged per sheet. Printing paper must be 30% recycled to be purchased. Personal printers are discouraged.

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

Flyers are distributed to the residential communities identifying how residents can reduce their amount of waste upon move-out. Housing and Greek Life works with Salvation Army to have donation receptacles located at key locations around campus so residents could repurpose items they no longer needed during move-out.

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:

Sustaining Pacific (Sustainability program on campus) worked with Admissions to make the second Preview Day 100% compostable. In doing so, Sustaining Pacific completed two waste audits: one of the first Preview Day that did not include compostable materials. The second audit took place after the 100% compostable Preview Day in which there was in 82% per person decrease in landfill bound materials, including catering services. Data reports that there was a 97% reduction in landfill bound materials if catering services were not included.

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:

Our kitchen waste, 100%, goes to the compostable bin and is picked up by waste management

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

Compost bins are located in the DeRosa University Center Marketplace and Laire (the two main locations to eat on campus) for students to dispose of any post-consumer food waste, soiled napkins and compostable materials.

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):

Bon Appetit and the University of the Pacific sell a subscription to an “Eco-clam” container and Calaveras Coffee Mug to faculty, staff and students. After an individual purchases an Eco container and uses it, they may bring it back and exchange it for a clean one. If they do not need a container when they return it, they will receive a wooden nickel that can be used to obtain an Eco container or mug in the future.

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):

Pacific provides all reusable service ware for dine in meals unless otherwise stated by the student for a to-go container. If the student does not have a subscription to a reusable eco-clam (or does not want to purchase it for $5.00), then they can purchase a compostable container for .25 cents per occasion.

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:

The Calaveras Coffee shop offers a ten cent discount on beverages for customers who provide a reusable mug.

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

* Bon Appettit has a designated area for composting.

* There are clearly identified containers in the dinning hall for compostable materials, recycling and landfill. In the last year, we implemented shadow boxes which highlight the most commonly used materials in our dinning hall and where they should be allocated to: landfill, recycling or compost.

The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:

Information reported as baseline was from 2006, the closest year to that requested for which data was known.

The waste generation and "Weighted Campus Users" numbers reported in OP-22 are from the 2013-2014 fiscal year (7/1/2013 to 6/30/2014). Discrepancies between numbers in IC-3, OP-22, OP-23 and OP-26 are due to using data from different time frames. See notes in each section for time frame clarifications.

On campus residents number reported is for Fall 2006, the closest term to the 2005 number requested.

Performance year amount donated was an estimated number provided by the Director of Physical Plant.

On campus residents number reported for performance year is for Spring 2013.

Full and part time faculty numbers are from Fall 2006 and Fall 2013.

FTE enrollment was taken from IR database.

FTE of employees for 2006 was estimated based on previous numbers and calculations.

FTE for 2013 was estimated using an equation based on two data sets provided by HR.

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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.