|Submission Date||Jan. 26, 2017|
|7.84 / 8.00||
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||450 Tons||655 Tons|
|Materials composted||1 Tons||800 Tons|
|Materials donated or re-sold||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||25.50 Tons||110 Tons|
|Total waste generated||476.50 Tons||1,565 Tons|
We have a facility that houses Aggie Recycling. It houses a sorting machine that bales paper and cardboard, a can crusher that produces 15" X 15" cubes of approximately 600 cans, a plastic bottle shredder, and space for recycling Blue Brutes as they come in and out of the facility, the main recycling office, lockers and restrooms for the workers. Materials are sorted and baled here before they are loaded on a semi truck to be sold at several different recycling facilities. We sell our paper, cardboard, and shredded plastics to Master Fibers in El Paso, TX; aluminum cans are sold to USA Can Recycling in Las Cruces, NM; scrap metal is sold to Las Cruces Recycling and West Side Recycling in Las Cruces, NM.
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2015||June 30, 2016|
|Baseline Year||Jan. 1, 2011||Dec. 31, 2011|
Aggie Recycling hired a full time recycling manager in 2009. One of his main goals was to increase the diversion rate of waste on campus. The plan included a new contract with a waste contractor as well as a recycling contractor. In 2009 our diversion rate was 64.02% and in 2015 our diversion rate was 82.96%!
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of students resident on-site||3,892||4,708|
|Number of employees resident on-site||18||18|
|Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds||131||202|
|Total full-time equivalent student enrollment||18,255||20,963|
|Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)||3,514||
Date Revised: Aug. 10, 2017
New Mexico State University requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: 38541 None
Explanation: Addressing an inconsistency
|Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education||1,271||1,427|
|Weighted campus users||16,482||19,082|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Total waste generated per weighted campus user||0.03 Tons||0.08 Tons|
|Yes or No|
|Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers||Yes|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||Yes|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
|Other (please specify below)||No|
Everything we recycle is covered above.
Recycling collection points are set up where materials are source separated, when they arrive at our campus recycling facility the materials are also monitored by the recycling collection staff to minimize contamination.
We have been in the top five of the RecycleMania competition for the last six years. We market our RecycleMania competition quite actively during February and March of the competition. We also have recycling centers in each building (with "Blue Brute" bins for four different materials) as well as four Big Belly Solar trash/recycling on our outdoor International Mall. Each person has a small under-desk single stream recycling container that our recycling crew empties along with the trash pick-up. Our Environmental Education Center is another place to learn more information about waste reduction and recycling. We do "tabling" quite frequently on campus to educate about recycling and waste reduction.
We utilize a solid waste collection company that collects and audits our waste that is generated on campus. Twice a year we meet with the solid waste collection company and identify areas for improvement. Our diversion rate has increased significantly over the last 8 years since Aggie Recycling kicked into gear in 2009.
Sustainable Products purchasing requirements from our Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines at https://af.nmsu.edu/bpm/bpm-4/#46
When determining whether a product is sustainable, the following will be considered:
bio-based; biodegradable; carcinogen-free; chlorofluorocarbon free; “heavy material” free (i.e. no lead, mercury, cadmium); made from renewable materials; compostable; low toxicity; recycled content; rechargeable (batteries and other items); reduced packaging; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; energy, resource and water efficient.
We have an internal list serve ("NMSU Postings") for redistribution of usable office supplies. It is a very successful program where supplies and equipment and furnishings are reused. NMSU also has a Properties Department separate from the list serve that accomplishes the same redistribution.
Our mascot is Pistol Pete - our re-use program for supplies, equipment and furnishings is called "Re-Pete" and is a very successful program!
RePete is NMSU’s property and supplies marketplace to facilitate the exchange of useful property and supplies. If anyone on campus has unused university-owned equipment or supplies in their department that could benefit some other NMSU department, they can make it available by listing it on RePete.
If a person or department needs equipment or supplies but lack the funds to purchase them new - RePete might just the place to find what they are seeking.
By transferring items to other units, we give them a second life and contribute to NMSU’s sustainability effort by recycling among NMSU departments; collectively we reduce the strain on departmental budgets.
Students are given a certain amount of sheets of printing a semester. When they go over this amount they are charged for each additional sheet. We have computer labs and classroom labs that are monitored and the students are taught by the Lab Assistant to be careful with their printing and encouraged to save documents as PDF's instead of printing.
"Aggie Print" stations are new printing stations around campus that are set to double-sided printing and stocked with recycled paper.
It is not a default, but the course catalogue and class schedule are online. When signing up for classes it is all done online with no need to print a catalogue. We do not print a student or faculty/staff directory - these are all online.
NMSU Housing has recognized the amount of solid waste that is generated during high times of transition for students as they move into and then depart the on-campus housing system, This affects not only the residence halls but the apartments. A series of efforts are made to reduce waste. Additional staff and containers are placed and signage created to ask students and their families to break down and recycle cardboard. This generates as much as 6 to 8 tons of cardboard in a three to four day period for recycling. Additionally, the Housing office coordinates student roommates during the summer and giving each roommate the ability to contact each other to coordinate who is bringing what to their room. During closing in May, students are encouraged to donate items they are not needing to take home and can do without. Clothing, non perishable food, unopened toiletries and household items are collected at central collecting points in our housing facilities and donated to local non profit agencies.
We collect concrete and asphalt (clean fill) and give it to the city for reuse verses land-filling the material.
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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.