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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 48.14
Liaison Sean Vormwald
Submission Date April 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Onondaga Community College
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 5.00 Sean Vormwald
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 36.03 Tons 23.06 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 46.18 Tons 34.48 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 873 585
Number of residential employees 4 3
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 8,649 8,034.20
Full-time equivalent of employees 926 665
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 402.30 257.10

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Sept. 1, 2013 Aug. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2008 Aug. 31, 2009

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

2009 was used as the baseline year, since this is the earliest year we have recycling data.


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:

The Central Stores department collects surplus office supplies to make them available to other departments.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:
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A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

The Go-Green Print Initiative established a limit on free printing for students on campus in order to reduce excessive paper consumption.


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

Through the Ten Tons of Love program, students are encouraged to donate food, clothing, and other reusable items when they move out of the residence halls. The items are given to community members in need, instead of going into the trash.


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:
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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):
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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):
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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 cafeteria offers a reusable mug discount for beverages.


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.