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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 65.69
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.13 / 3.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
457.55 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
754.14 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:

Colgate diverts materials from the landfill by reusing or donating items and materials such as office and school supplies, electronic equipment, furniture, clothing, food, books, etc. through salvage programs, donations, and giveaway options.
Here is a breakdown of programs that divert waste:
~End of the year Salvage (move out program): 32.5 tons
~Craig Blanchard's year-around salvage program for furniture, large electronic waste, etc.: Total = 148.5 (eWaste = 23.5 tons; Computers and furniture resold = 125 tons).
~Recyclables (Paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, metals): 169.65 tons
~Compost: 3.9 tons
~GateSwap and Office Swap Programs: 3 tons
~Small electronic waste: included in Blanchard's Salvage Program


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

Colgate's Dining Services provides over 80 meals weekly to the Friendship House (a local soup kitchen).


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

Colgate began composting pre-consumer food scraps in our main dining hall for all meals in 2010. Our Dining Services staff collects the food scraps and our Facilities Department brings the organic material to our on campus composting facility. The site is managed and promoted by our student group, The Compost Club.


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

We are looking to roll-out post-consumer composting in the next year to compliment our pre-consumer composting program.


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 Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting Yes
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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End of Year Salvage Program (Move Out):
This is the estimate from 2011:
Total 14' Uhaul loads: 13
Total Cargo Van loads: 3.75
Total Pick-up Truck loads: 4.5
Number of Community Partners: 35
Estimated Worth: $42,534

This is the estimate from 2012:
Total 14' Uhaul loads: 9 (3 tons per load = 27 tons)
Total Cargo Van loads: 2.5 (2.5 tons)
Total Pick-up Truck loads: 3 (3 tons)
Number of Community Partners: 35
Estimated Worth: $23,000

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.