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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 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
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Eastern Mennonite University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Laurie Yoder
Chemical Hygiene Officer
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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?:

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

Measures taken to reduce the volume of hazardous waste generated include: focusing on reducing the volume of chemicals used and the hazardous nature of the chemicals. Where possible, non-hazardous chemicals are used for educational and research purposes.

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

Hazardous chemicals generated in the Science Center (Chemistry and Biology Departments) are collected in holding areas, from where they are moved to a central storage for pick up by a hazardous waste disposal company in compliance with EPA and VDEQ regulations. Universal wastes are managed, collected, and stored by Facilities Maintenance before removal by a waste disposal company. We are classified as a Very Small Quantity Generator and have the waste chemicals and universal waste removed annually.

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

No incidents have occurred.

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

Chemicals in the Science Center are inventoried annually and this list is accessible to all instructors so that existing inventory can be used/reused.

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

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

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:

E-waste is gathered for disposal by the waste and recycling team and the university's Information Systems department.

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

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:
3.83 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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