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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
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ronda Chapman-Duer
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Division of Operations
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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?:
Yes

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

GW has policies and programs in place to minimize the production of hazardous waste, and disposes of all hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste in a responsible manner with a preference towards recycling or re-purposing of all materials. Hazardous chemical waste is sorted and shipped to a licensed disposal facility where waste with the ability to be recycled is re-purposed or reused. All other hazardous waste is incinerated. Other waste is recycled: waste oil, batteries, and CFL light bulbs. Waste minimization programs include efforts to retrofit fixtures to accept more environmentally-conscious light bulbs, and the elimination of oil-based paint where possible.


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

GW uses licensed contractors, haulers, and receiving facilities to ensure compliance with all applicable DC and Federal regulations. Our insurance provider requires disposal standards that exceed Federal regulations and prohibit off-shore disposal of hazardous waste.


The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

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