Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.75
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 5.00 Mark Klapatch
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Facilities Management
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 268.18 Tons 268.18 Tons
Materials composted 475 Tons 475 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 1,059 Tons 1,059 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 715.02 Tons 715.02 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,322 2,322
Number of residential employees 4 4
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 5,503.11 5,503.11
Full-time equivalent of employees 756 756
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 397.18 397.18

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, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

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

The waste generation baseline was adopted for the year of 2013 due to improved tracking of waste generation by UWRF. Previous year's data does not truly reflect the actual tonnages of waste produced.

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:

UWRF houses a surplus department and office supplies exchange program and provides those for use by other departments. Regular online auctions and monthly sales are provided to campus and the wider community comprising all collected items (including electronics). All items are offered at no charge to departments before being sold to the general public.

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

UWRF course registration is done online and the course catalog is available exclusively online. The campus directory is available online, although it is also provided in hardcopy format to faculty and staff by request.

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

PaperCut is a print management software used on campus to manage student printing. PaperCut allows students to print from any computer, tablet, or phone connected to the internet as well as from university computer labs and kiosks. One of the primary aims of PaperCut is to reduce printing levels by changing a user's printing behavior. Implementing monitoring, quotas and charging are a good way of drawing a user's attention to their habits.

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

Facilities provides recycling dumpsters for move-in and move-out days.

Residence Life also hosts "Don't Throw it, Donate It". The program runs the weekend before finals and provides a conduit for students to donate a large amount of food, clothes, furnishings, and other accessories to local charities instead of throwing it out.
The May 2013 totals include but were not limited to:
782 lbs of food
833 clothing items
32 clothing accessories
28 electronics accessories
30 books
125 school supplies
619 miscellaneous household items

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

The University Center building waste stream is sorted to separate recyclable products from waste.

The University Center LEED certified hand dryers are used to eliminate the waste of paper towels and the use of fossil fuels for its transportation.

Water bottle filling stations in the library, University Center, and KFA academic building are provided to encourage customers to refill water bottles instead of disposing of plastic bottles.

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:

UWRF/Sodexo has been trayless since August 2007. One of our more visible and significant sustainability initiatives is trayless dining. The primary goal of trayless dining is to significantly reduce food waste. Trayless is a national trend that has documented more than 40% reduction in food waste.

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 Freddy 2Go Program allows meal plan participants to take meals "to go" in a reusable 2Go container from Riverside Commons Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2Go beverage bottles will be given out to all residence hall students at the beginning of the semester. Off campus meal plan participants may pick up a 2Go beverage bottle at the UC Information Desk while supplies last. By providing a non-disposable option, University Dining Services and Sodexo continue to pursue our commitment to improving our sustainability initiatives.

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):

Riverside Commons is the primary dining facility for meal plan participants and offers continuous dining throughout the day. Riverside Commons offers reusable service ware for "dine in" meals.

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:

UWRF has had a reusable mug program in place for 3 years. The program allows individuals with reusable mugs to purchase fountain and house products at a discount.

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:

For 2013, Bill Connolly, UWRF Farm Director, reports 150 tons of compost were sold, while an additional 325 tons of compost were put back onto the farm fields (a total of 375 tons of compost). The compost consists mainly of wood shavings and cornstalk animal bedding as well as solid manure. The Farm employs windrow/aerobic composting. It was sold to the public at $32/yard (2013 price).

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