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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 Bronze
Overall Score 42.59
Liaison Jeffrey Clark
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.20 / 5.00 Jeff Clark
Professor
Geology
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 135 Tons 75 Tons
Materials composted 40 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 5 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 300 Tons 400 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,471 1,491
Number of residential employees 9 9
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 1,539 1,564
Full-time equivalent of employees 473 536
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

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:

Baseline was generated during our last STARS submission as it is the farthest back we've been tracking. Our waste hauler - Waste Management only provide us with the frequency of pickups and the volume of the containers they dump. They will not give us physical weights - only estimates - so we have no good way of actually tracking the effects of our efforts through them. We are exploring other vendors at this point.


A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Surplus materials are offered to students, faculty and staff regularly through the online "List It @ Lawrence" website.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Beginning in 2009, the university stopped printing course catalogs, schedules, and faculty directories, and instead, moved those resources to the web.

Additionally, many faculty make course syllabi, assignments and readings available online through Moodle, a web-based course management tool. A number of faculty are also involved in a pilot program to use tablet computers for grading and course management in lieu of paper. In the Fall 2012, a pilot program to evaluate the use of iPad tablets over a variety of courses was initiated.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

All printers on campus that can print double-sided are now set to default to that option. Additionally, Technology Services has implemented a program called Print Management to reduce extraneous or mistaken print jobs. As they explain on their website, "Print Management is a Technology Services initiative which allows print jobs to collect in a queue until securely released by their owner from a Print Release Station. If jobs are not released within an allotted time frame, they will be automatically canceled, thereby eliminating duplicate and unwanted print jobs and reducing printed paper waste."


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

We have a “Goodwill Giving” program at the end of every academic school year. Each residence hall uses its main lounge/lobby as a second-hand drop-off site. Students are allowed to donate clothes, appliances, furniture, books, dishes and other miscellaneous items. These donation sites are run during the last weekend and throughout finals week and graduation. After commencement, there is a truck – arranged through Facility Services – that visits each of the lounges and delivers the items to Goodwill. In fact, the truck visits several times throughout the week due to the large amount that gets donated at the end of the year!
A separate move-out collection is held in order to collect discarded electronic materials.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

When the Warch Campus Center opened in 2010, trays were eliminated from the dining hall and cafe in an effort to reduce food waste.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

To go containers and beverages are compostable, to go cutlery is wooden. However this does not make it to our internal composting operation.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):

Students, faculty and staff can pay a small deposit for a reusable "clam-shell" container that can be returned to be washed and re-used. Dine in customers receive washable cups, mugs, dishes, and cutlery.


A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

The campus cafe offers a discount for bringing and using a reusable mug and for purchases placed in the reusable clam-shells described above.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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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.