Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.65
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Weber State University
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
3.25 / 8.00 Jennifer Bodine
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities Management
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 271 Tons 0 Tons
Materials composted 88 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 649 Tons 845 Tons
Total waste generated 1,008 Tons 845 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:
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Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

For consistency throughout the STARS report, WSU will use the baseline year of FY 2007. FY 2007 was chosen as the baseline year for our Climate Action Plan because that was the year we became an ACUPCC signatory.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 834 475
Number of employees resident on-site 5 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 17,436 12,692
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1,866 1,516
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 7,034 1,828
Weighted campus users 9,410.75 9,403.75

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.11 Tons 0.09 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
35.62

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
35.62

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food Yes
Cooking oil No
Plant materials Yes
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires Yes
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:
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Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
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Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
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A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:
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A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

The Green Department Certification Program engages WSU offices and departments in the work of making the university more sustainable and carbon neutral. Waste reduction is a key component of this program. The program is voluntary and competitive. Participating departments assemble a green team and acquire points through sustainable practices. The number of points achieved determines certification at the bronze, silver, gold, or green levels. More information about the program can be found here:
https://www.weber.edu/sustainability/green-department.html


A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:
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A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):
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A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Weber State University Property Control inventories and audits all institutional equipment. It is a surplus property outlet, where the sale and disposal of all university surplus property is handled.

Surplus Equipment for Campus Use is available Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Public Sales of Surplus Equipment is on Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):
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A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

All students are provided with $5 worth of printing each semester and then they must pay for any copies that are additional.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

At Weber State University all course catalogs, course schedules, and directories are available online. Course schedules and course catalogs are no longer printed and can only be accessed online.

Hard copies of the University directory are available for a fee. The norm is to look up staff online through the eWeber portal.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

The student Environmental Ambassadors Program has conducted a green move in and move out for the past several years. Recyclable items are collected, canned food is collected for donation to the local food pantry and students have the opportunity to donate unwanted items to Big Brothers Big Sisters.


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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