|Submission Date||July 23, 2014|
Director of Sustainability
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||169.65 Tons||48.75 Tons|
|Materials composted||36.40 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials reused, donated or re-sold||32.50 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||754.14 Tons||1,057 Tons|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of residential students||2,619||2,561|
|Number of residential employees||7||7|
|Number of in-patient hospital beds||0||0|
|Full-time equivalent enrollment||2,869||2,811|
|Full-time equivalent of employees||950||946|
|Full-time equivalent of distance education students||0||0|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2012||June 30, 2013|
|Baseline Year||June 1, 2004||May 31, 2005|
Our baseline was established during the 2004-5 fiscal year because that is the time when accurate records were first kept.
We limit the minimum purchase order to $50 (up from $35). This reduces overall deliveries and packaging. We are working with our office supplier to right-size packaging on office supply orders.
Colgate operates a Salvage program that takes and refurbishes all electronic devices (computers, televisions, printers, digital projectors, etc.) and furniture (desks, closets, tables, etc.) for reuse or recycle. http://www.colgate.edu/offices-and-services/purchasing/salvagesurplus
The university's Green Office Program also operates a free office swap program for all Colgate employees. http://www.colgate.edu/distinctly-colgate/sustainability/for-faculty-and-staff/green-office-program.
Students also started a 'Gate Swap program that serves as a reuse program for all Colgate community members. http://www.gateswap.com/
We have all of our course catalogs, schedules and directories online and no longer make hard copies of our directories.
We installed print-release stations throughout Colgate's public printing areas. Students/employees must now release their print jobs before printing happens. This has saved many thousands of sheets of paper annually. We also default double-sided printing for all public printing stations. These measures and increased use of digital formats and public awareness about wasteful printing has resulted in nearly a 50 percent reduction in the amount of paper we are consuming as a university since 2009. In real numbers, this a over 2.5 million sheets of paper saved every year.
At the end of each academic year, COVE volunteers tour residence halls and apartments on campus to salvage unwanted and donated materials for local charitable organizations.
Volunteers collect, sort, and organize items for local non-profits to “shop” — at no cost — for items needed to cover their core functions and services.
Last year, items included food, clothing, furniture, bedding, kitchen utensils, books, and toiletries. The 47 student, staff, and faculty volunteers combined to spend more than 470 hours collecting and sorting the items in Starr Hockey Rink for pickup by 30 non-profit organizations located throughout Central New York.
The estimated value of all salvaged items put into the hands of people who need them amounted to $23,000. The organizations we work with for this program report that the individuals they serve receive much-needed supplies to furnish transitional housing, provide warm clothing and bedding and educational materials, and stock the food pantry shelves for our neighbors.
We compost all pre-consumer food scraps on campus. Students routinely organize scrape the plate events and waste audits so we can track the amount of food waste generated on campus.
We compost all pre-consumer food scraps on campus. We also use the LeanPath system to reduce overall food waste generated through the preparation and disposal of food in our kitchens.
Colgate University went trayless dining in 2012. This was the result of a student-led effort where Environmental Studies students researched the economic feasibility and the social and environmental impacts of going trayless in our main dining hall. Our student government association picked up on this and pushed it through with support from Colgate's Dining Services.
Students routinely organize scrape the plate events and waste audits so we can track the amount of food waste generated on campus.
All our take-out locations utilize corn-based compostable packaging and flatware.
All our dinnerware is corn-based compostable flatware.
We offer beverage discounts at the Coop and the library café for those with reusable mugs.
Our landfill waste data goes back to 2007. A trendline gave us an estimate of 1,057 tons in 2005.
Our recycling data is collected during the 10-week RecycleMania competition and goes back to 2009. A trendline gave us an estimate of 15,000 lbs of recyclables during the competition for 15,000. We extrapolated this for the year and came up with a total of 97,500 lbs (48.75 tons) in 2005.
We used the same approach in 2012 and extrapolated our RecycleMania data for the year. This resulted in 339,300 lbs (169.65 tons) of recyclables in 2012.
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.
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.