Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Michele Mykol
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Western Colorado University
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Nathan King
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 98 Tons 98 Tons
Materials composted 0.10 Tons 0.10 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 417 Tons 417 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 942
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
942
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
Number of residential employees 7
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
7
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
Number of in-patient hospital beds 4
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
4
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2096
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
2096
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
Full-time equivalent of employees 295
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
295
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 223
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016
223
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2016

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

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

Waste audits were extremely rare before 2014, so the most accurate data wasn't collected until the 2014-2015 fiscal year.


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

We performed a week long waste audit in the fall 2014 using volume to weight ratios with information provided by Waste Management.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

We have a green purchasing policy. For example, this has led to the purchase of microfiber rags rather than paper towels for cleaning or the purchase of 100% recycled paper. We purchase in bulk whenever possible and try to purchase environmentally preferable products.


A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

We have a message board for exchanging and reusing office supplies.


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

Course catalogs, schedules, and directories are all available online on Western's website.


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

All student use printers were changed to double sided printing in 2012 and students are only allowed to print 600 pages for free.


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

We set up Freecycle dropoff locations so that students can leave stuff for others to claim and reuse. We also have a program called "Move out while you groove out" which teaches students about Freecycle and where they can go to drop off or pick up used items.


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

We recycle various materials through our comprehensive recycling program.


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:

We compost prep waste and spoilage in our Earth Tub. Also, we buy some local food and use seasonal produce from our campus garden when possible.


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

We compost post-consumer food waste in our Earth Tub and send the rest to a local pig farm. We give waste oil to the county biodiesel fuel burner. We have tray-less dining.


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):

We use biodegradable/compostable flatware and cups.


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:

Discounts on coffee at our cafe are offered to those students who purchase our reusable Western mug.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

We use a pulper/extractor to reduce food waste volume by as much as 75%.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:

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