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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 47.40
Liaison Havina Georgieva
Submission Date April 4, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

FIE: Foundation for International Education
OP-19: Waste Minimization and Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.91 / 8.00 Neena Agnish
Facilities Support Team Manager
Facilities
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Figures needed to determine total waste generated (and diverted):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 17.20 Tons 16.16 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials donated or re-sold 5.99 Tons 5.65 Tons
Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 62.40 Tons 60.73 Tons
Total waste generated 85.59 Tons 82.54 Tons

A brief description of the residual conversion facility, including affirmation that materials are sorted prior to conversion to recover recyclables and compostable materials:

Recycling Waste - Paper, Card, Tin, Can & Plastic
Batteries
Light bulbs
Fridges
Cartridges and Toners
Furniture
Metal


Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,125 1,286
Number of employees resident on-site 14 10
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 4 3
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 512.25 554.50
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 38 35
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 701.44 769.13

Total waste generated per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total waste generated per weighted campus user 0.12 Tons 0.11 Tons

Percentage reduction in total waste generated per weighted campus user from baseline (0-100):
0

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator by recycling, composting, donating or re-selling, performance year:
27.09

Percentage of materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator (including up to 10 percent attributable to post-recycling residual conversion):
27.09

In the waste figures reported above, has the institution recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold the following materials?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food No
Cooking oil No
Plant materials No
Animal bedding No
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment No
Furniture No
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Tires No
Other (please specify below) No

A brief description of other materials the institution has recycled, composted, donated and/or re-sold:

FIE operates a Donation Drive each semester (spring and fall) for departing students; all items including clothing, shoes, small personal electrical appliances, luggage and bags, and books are collected and donated to local charity Traid (www.traid.org). Used textbooks are resold the following semester to raise funds for FIE's charities The Marol Academy and Love Orphanage. Students are made aware of the larger Donation Drive efforts are part of their departure preparation and all students, regardless of program and semester, are encouraged to donate to local charity shops including Oxfam; an attachment with local charity shop information is provided to all students along with their departure information (via e-mail).


Materials intended for disposal but subsequently recovered and reused on campus, performance year (e.g. materials that are actively diverted from the landfill or incinerator and refurbished/repurposed) :
0 Tons

Does the institution use single stream recycling (a single container for commingled recyclables) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
Yes

Does the institution use dual stream (two separate containers for recyclables, e.g. one for paper and another for plastic, glass, and metals) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Does the institution use multi-stream recycling (multiple containers that further separate different types of materials) to collect standard recyclables (i.e. paper, plastic, glass, metals) in common areas?:
No

Average contamination rate for the institution’s recycling program (percentage, 0-100):
10

A brief description of any recycling quality control mechanisms employed, e.g. efforts to minimize contamination and/or monitor the discard rates of the materials recovery facilities and mills to which materials are diverted:

Checked by Housekeeping teams.


A brief description of the institution's waste-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

New rubbish & recycling signage was introduced to the residences in 2014 which incorporated the information from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
This also ties in with our pledge "My promise to the environment..." which is placed on all student fridges throughout the residences.


A brief description of the institution's waste audits and other initiatives to assess its materials management efforts and identify areas for improvement:

The waste, recycling and donation items are managed and checked by Housekeeping teams on a daily basis. The housekeeping teams provide feedback on the processes periodically to the Facilities Team.


A brief description of the institution's procurement policies designed to prevent waste (e.g. by minimizing packaging and purchasing in bulk):

A bulk order of organic fruit is ordered fortnightly and delivered to FIE's Foundation House communal kitchen. FIE also purchases weekly a caddy of milk bottles (organic milk in glass bottles within a wire caddy). Once the milk is used, all bottles are rinsed out, saved, and then left out at the front door to be recollected and reused.


A brief description of the institution's surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Housekeeping and Facilities Support Team staff, set up donations points within the residences on specific dates for students - Via the Donation Drive periodic process each semester.


A brief description of the institution's platforms to encourage peer-to-peer exchange and reuse (e.g. of electronics, furnishings, books and other goods):

Foundation House has available to all staff a charger that recharges 'rechargeable batteries'. FIE also offers a 'Freecycle Friday' during which employees are encouraged to bring in any goods they no longer use to donate and make available for any other employee who may be able to use it.


A brief description of the institution's limits on paper and ink consumption (e.g. restricting free printing and/or mandating doubled-sided printing in libraries and computer labs):

The PaperCut printing system was installed in January 2013 to monitor the students printing usage and behaviour by the IT Department. The PaperCut Printing system was removed as the usage of printed materials had reduced significantly. Many students now emails their classwork directly to their teachers.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to make materials (e.g. course catalogs, course schedules, and directories) available online by default rather than printing them:

FIE course materials are available online to faculty and staff via a Moodle platform called “MyStudy@FIE”. MyStudy@FIE is virtual learning environment that provides a platform for sharing course materials and useful student and faculty resources to decrease the amount of printed materials. For scheduling, FIE also uses CELCAT, which is a scheduling and attendance monitoring system that provides faculty with the opportunity to record attendance without using paper registers.


A brief description of the institution's program to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

We encourage students to be weary of their participate


A brief description of the institution's programs or initiatives to recover and reuse other materials intended for disposal:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.