Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date June 18, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.02 / 5.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 104.40 Tons 234 Tons
Materials composted 157.35 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 839.12 Tons
+ Date Revised: Sept. 1, 2015
612 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,169 2,911
Number of residential employees 571 525
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 9,484 8,713
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,142 1,050
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 Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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

When the campus sustainability plan was initiated we stated a goal to reduce our municipal solid waste 30% by 2012, which was achieved two years ahead of schedule.


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

In 2010 a waste stream audit was conducted on campus by an environmental studies class focusing on campus sustainability. There goal was to reduce waste being sent to the landfill, and discover what percentage of trash was actually recyclable or compostable.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Central Stores maintains a Surplus Program that collects and stores furniture and equipment. Facilities Management also maintains surplus for building materials and fixtures. Residence Life maintains a Surplus Program for furniture, equipment and computers that has an annual public sale.


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

Coarse Schedules are maintained online by the Registars Office using the TitanWeb system. Official Catalogs are maintained online by UW System Administration. Telephone/email directories are available online through the uwosh.edu website, and were last printed in 2010. Many faculty members are now encouraging students to turn homework in online instead of turning in hard copies.


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

Printing throughout all of campus computer labs and in the Polk Library are programmed to automatically print double sided.


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

Move-Out waste reduction includes re-use and recycling in our yearly move-out programmed call Refill Not Landfill. Re-use is enabled by providing outdoor containers (PODS) near dumpsters, and staffing the PODS to encourage students to donate rather than toss. The volunteers also make a determination of whether an item is in good condition for donation. At the end of the collection period, items are donated and delivered to a local charity. Recycling is heavily encouraged during Move-out, with reminders to students and extra containers.


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

All pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste from both our Blackhawk Commons and Reeve food facilities is sent to our dry fermentation anaerobic biodigestor. A food pupler is located in Blackhawk commons to remove liquid content from food waste before being sent to the biodigestor.


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

For the 2009-2010 academic year, the university participated in Trayless Fridays. Also, starting in September 2010 of the 2010-2011 academic year, UWO became Trayless in board operations. Our campus dining hall Blackhawk Commons has been tray less since 2010.


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):
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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):
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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:

There is a discount at all locations for using a reusable mug for coffee and tea. When students, faculty, and staff bring their own mug, they receive a discount of $0.10 each time.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:

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