Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.68
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.61 / 5.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 1,330.70 Tons 1,332 Tons
Materials composted 57.70 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 31.15 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 2,514.10 Tons 2,599 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 4,190 3,622
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 22,723.60 23,402
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,462.70 3,172.86
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, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

The waste generation baseline was adopted as FY2008 to be consistent with water and energy baseline data from FY2008.

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

A waste audit for the 24 departments of Student Affairs took place in conjunction with participation in UWM's Green Office Certification program. An additional waste audit of the Architecture and Urban Planning building and Children's Center was held with help from a student group-Emerging Green Builders and Office of Sustainability interns.

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

DOA-3449 N(R06/94) Formerly AD-P-12
1989 Wisconsin Act 335

the purchase of recycled products;
the purchase of products with reduced waste;
the purchase of products that can be recycled;
the choice of durable, multiple-use products; and
the use of life cycle costing.


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

The UWM Surplus Program helps manage unwanted furniture, equipment & computers from campus. Items are sold to the public, redistributed to another UWM department, donated to area non-profits, or recycled as scrap.

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

Access to all course information is solely online. Directories are also available online, but still printed as well.

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

Printing in the Campus Computer Labs, the UWM Libraries, and a number of departmental computer labs is provided through a campus service called pantherPRINT. Print jobs are sent from computers in these labs to a print release station, where jobs are released and paid for using a pantherPRINTcard. The cost of printing is $.06 per default double-sided black and white page and $.50 for color prints. PantherPRINT cards can be purchased for $1.00 from vending machines on campus. Large plotters also require students to purchase a card to print ($.50 per running inch).

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

All residence halls actively collect donations from students moving out. Since UW-Milwaukee also has an intense student resident population in the surrounding neighborhood, an annual "Dump-N-Run" is also held for neighborhood residents to recycle items at the end of July.

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

Intracampus mailing with reusable envelopes.

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 recently opened hoop house on campus diverts roughly 2,000 lbs of pre-consumer food waste each week from Restaurant Operations' kitchen. In the spring of 2015, Restaurant Operations contracted with Sanimax to take all pre-consumer kitchen food waste.

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

Sanimax provides monthly data to campus on lbs. of food waste diverted, starting in Spring 2015.

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):

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):

Reusable silverware is offered in all residence hall dining facilities. Compostable ware is available upon request for Catering.

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:

All of Restaurant Operations' residential dining facilities & Grind Operations offer a discount for using reusable mugs or 22oz cups for sodas and coffees.

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

Batch cooking

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

For the discrepancies between IC-3 and OP-22 (for number of residential students, full-time equivalent enrollment, and full-time equivalent of employees), the difference is that IC-3 is updated with FY2016 numbers and OP-22 includes FY2015 numbers. IC-3 includes FY16 numbers for several reasons: it is the most up-to-date information we have, our Research and Curriculum assessments were for FY16, and a number of additional credits included FY16 details to be as up-to-date as possible (submittal every 3 years). The most up-to-date information we have regarding resource consumption (waste, water, GHG, building energy consumption) is FY15.

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