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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 50.57
Liaison Yaffa Grossman
Submission Date March 16, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Beloit College
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.44 / 5.00 Lindsay Chapman
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 59.60 Tons 58.90 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 265.40 Tons 268 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,065 1,123
Number of residential employees 17 11
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 1,267 1,267
Full-time equivalent of employees 367 364
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2014 May 31, 2015
Baseline Year June 1, 2013 May 31, 2014

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

The baseline was adopted to align with the metrics included in the Beloit College Sustainability Plan.


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

Beloit College participates in the national Recyclemania competition each year, which challenges colleges and universities to track and minimize their waste through recycling.
The Office of Sustainability has an ongling student team that tracks the amount of recycling and trash deposited into respective dumpsters around campus to ascertain an estimated recycling rate. This is done through visual inspections using average internally-generated weights and estimated weights through Recyclemania of bags of trash, dumpsters of recycling and dumpsters of trash.
Additionally the Office of Sustainability puts on a Recycling competition each fall where student dorm floors and houses compete against each other to see which floor has the purest recycling streams and the purest trash streams. volunteer judges become experts on what can and cannot be recycled in Beloit, WI., as this varies from where students originate from around the country and world.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
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A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

"Give-Take" boxes are placed in residential spaces year-round to provide an option for students to donate items they no longer need and/or want. Before move-out days, the number of Give-Take boxes increases and after move-out days, items in the Give-Take boxes are donated to local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores. The weights are not measured.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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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:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:
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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):
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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:
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A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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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.