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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bard College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Laurie Husted
Sustainability Manager
Bard Office of Sustainability (BoS)
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Departments such as the Art Department and the Science Department are charged for disposal of their hazardous and non-regulated wastes and have worked to reduce the amounts generated.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

We are a Small Quantity Generator (SQG) and dispose of our hazardous waste two times each year through a manifested process. Our hazardous waste program also handles non-regulated chemical waste. Our generation rates for Universal Waste require us to recycle materials like light bulbs and electronics once per year. We generally recycle twice per year.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

We have not had reportable releases of hazardous materials during the last three years.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

The science departments have implemented sharing chemicals between departments. The chemical inventory database is accessible by biology, chemistry, physics and psychology. They do this for some chemicals to keep inventory down and to use up older chemicals. There is an online ordering system that faculty can access to see what we have in stock before ordering new chemicals.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

By default, electronic materials go to our Universal Waste Collection area for sorting and proper recycling, overseen by the Sustainability office and staffed by the Environmental Resources Department.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Bard's electronic waste recycler, EWASTE+, is certified Responsible Recycling (R2), as well as RIOS and NAID certified.

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.