Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.42
Liaison Dave Cano
Submission Date Feb. 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Western University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Connor Donald
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Choose2Reuse, reusable take-out container program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Choose2Reuse program offers the unlimited use of reusable takeout containers for a $5 buy-in. The process is as follows:

Students inform the service staff that they would like their Dining Hall meal to-go
Themeal will be served in a reusable eco-tainer

Students purchase membership to the Choose2Reuse program for $5 at the checkout (they may use their meal plan card for the buy-in)

When finished with the container, students simply return it DIRTY to the designated Choose2Reuse drop off area (near the cash) and collect their Choose2Reuse "membership" card

All eco-tainers are washed and sanitized, so that all food will be placed in clean Choose2Reuse containers

This process is repeated for a greener Dining Hall experience! Card for container, container for card. And so on!

This exchange processes of Choose2Reuse can be used an unlimited number of times throughout the academic year, as long as students hold on to either their "membership" card, or an eco-tainer. The sturdy little container can go a long way in reducing the amount of waste produced in residence.

In 2016/2017, 5950 eco-tainers were sold to students in residence, which is more than 100% of the total amount of students living in residence. This means that certain individuals purchased more than 1 eco-tainer. In 2015/2016, 4016 eco-tainers were sold to students in residence. This clearly shows that this innovative program is catching on among first year students.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Food & Dining
Waste

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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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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