Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.78
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.99 / 1.00 Dennis Cochrane
Director, Office of Sustainability
Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure and Facilities
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
13,740 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
87 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

Virginia Tech owns and operates a local Quarry that produces the signature Limestone/Dolomite gray stone we call "Hokie Stone" that is used for our new construction projects. The "overburden" (industrial term for the residual material from the cutting process) is used for on-campus fill material for construction projects, major renovations, roads, and so forth. For calendar year 2019, we reported 12,893 tons of overburden. So we are able to use essentially all of the Hokie Stone for building facades and fill material.

Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Figures are for CY 2019.

2021 Comprehensive Waste Management Plan: Waste management is an integral part of campus operations as Virginia Tech routinely handles 6,000 tons of materials from various waste streams each year. Those waste streams include: municipal solid waste (MSW), construction & demolition waste (C&D), recyclable materials (PRM), compostable materials, reusable materials, electronic waste, universal waste and hazardous waste. The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities (DCPIF) is committed to managing these waste streams efficiently, effectively, and safely for the entire campus community. Please see Virginia Tech's Comprehensive Waste Management Plan for detailed information: https://www.facilities.vt.edu/content/dam/facilities_vt_edu/sustainability/waste-management-plans/CWMP%202020%20-%20January%207%202021%20805.pdf
More general information about waste as it relates to sustainability at Virginia Tech can be found here: https://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/Waste.html

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