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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

George Washington University
OP-17: Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.64 / 5.00 Ronda Chapman-Duer
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Division of Operations
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Weight of materials recycled, 2005 baseline year :
621.40 Tons

Weight of materials composted, 2005 baseline year :
0 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, 2005 baseline year :
3,558.50 Tons

Weight of materials recycled, performance year :
1,052 Tons

Weight of materials composted, performance year :
10.70 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, performance year :
3,241.80 Tons

List the start and end dates of the waste reduction performance year:
July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

On-campus residents, 2005:
6,885

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
12,735

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
7,614

On-campus residents, performance year:
7,511

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
14,303

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
8,056

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with waste reduction performance year):
July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to waste-reduction goals, such as zero waste:
Yes

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve waste reduction goals:

GW commits to reviewing its impact on and dependence on ecosystems locally, regionally, and globally, and to make a plan to enhance ecosystem services in these regions. GW commits to becoming a Zero Waste campus in the long-term, and aims to increase recycling to 50% by 2017 and to reduce litter on campus. Tactics proposed to achieve these goals include: expanding composting, updating and expanding recycling and waste infrastructure on campus, piloting new technologies, exploring new vendor options and increasing education and awareness.

GW will also expand on its successful Green Move Out program. In 2012, Green Move-Out collected about 90,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, and bedding—more than 3,600 bags, each weighing about 25 pounds. More than 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food were collected, in addition to 57 boxes of books, weighing 35 pounds each. Students also donated large household items—34 televisions, eight futons and numerous small lamps, vacuum cleaners and shelving units.

GW also has installed 15 BigBelly Solar trash compactors on campus, including 9 combination units that accept both trash and recycling. These compactors not only reduce the frequency of trash and recycling removal, they increase recycling capacity, reduce litter on campus, and conserve energy required to remove trash and recycling.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste reduction initiatives is available:

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.