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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Auburn University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.37 / 3.00 Joan Hicken
Coordinator
Waste Reduction & Recycling
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
710.40 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
5,039 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Efforts for waste diversion encompass a variety of infrastructure, outreach, and education components including: Campus Building Recycling; Office Clean-outs Recycling; Residential Recycling; Move-in Cardboard Recycling; Move-out Donation Program; Sorority Chapter Room Recycling; Campus Dining Recycling; Game Day Recycling; Get Caught Recycling Fan Recognition; Green Game; Special Events Recycling; Camp War Eagle Outreach; Welcome Week – Sustainability Picnic; Binder Giveaway; America Recycles Day; Earth Day; No Impact Week; Campus Waste Tours; Class Presentations; Toner & Ink Jet Recycling; Staff Training; and Quarterly Shred/Recycling Events.


A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

Tiger Dining/Chartwell's utilizes local missions / food banks and The Campus Kitchen Project as outlets for leftover food.

When surplus food is available a call is made for pick up. Arrangements are made for Campus Kitchen to pick up excess food daily at various locations around campus and deliver to appropriate community organizations. As a result, they serve over 200 meals a week from "salvaged" un-served food.


A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

In February 2014, Tiger Dining worked with a variety of campus units to run a pilot program for composting pre-consumer food waste in just one campus dining venue. The project resulted in over 2.3 tons of food composted, and has laid the foundation for future expansion of the pre-consumer food composting on campus.


A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

Coffee grounds from campus dining locations are picked up each week for the community garden, which totals anywhere from 400-600 pounds per week.


Does the institution include the following materials in its waste diversion efforts?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food donations Yes
Food for animals No
Food composting No
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.