Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.18
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Washington University in St. Louis
OP-20: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.84 / 1.00 Cassandra Hage
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered during the most recent year for which data is available within the previous three years:
1,904.74 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated during the most recent year for which data is available within the previous three years:
369.50 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:

As set forth in the Strategic Plan for Environmentally Sustainable Operations, Washington University has committed to achieving standards in new construction and major renovations equivalent to, or exceeding, LEED Silver. As such, all vendors working on these projects are required to track, and responsibly dispose of, construction and demolition waste per the LEED certification level for which the project is striving.

At present, however, we do not have the contractual infrastructure in place to track construction and demolition waste outside of projects on our campuses that are pursuing, or have achieved, LEED certification. LEED projects represent all major construction and demolition at WUSTL (projects exceeding $2.0M in scope), and thus are a good approximation, but are by no means a comprehensive representation. The challenge of implementing a comprehensive tracking system within this area is currently being explored.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data from FY17

A massive, transformational construction project on main campus, including an underground parking garage, 5 buildings, and significant re-graded green space began in May 2017. Sadly, over 20 100-year-old oak trees from the Brookings allee were harvested and milled, producing 10,000 board feet of lumber, which is now air-drying at Tyson Research Center. The wood was milled into a range of sizes to allow maximum flexibility for creative reuse, enabling this wood to be used as interior finishings and furniture.

The weight of this wood is unknown and is not included in the C&D figure reported above.

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