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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-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sean Vormwald
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

Onondaga minimizes campus use of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste. Onondaga is typically a conditionally exempt small quantity generator, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, demonstrating that the College does not generate excessive amounts of hazardous waste. The College tracks the quantities of waste generated, and departments are encouraged to minimize waste generation.


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

The College contracts with a company to remove hazardous waste, universal waste, and medical waste. The company must provide a manifest to show that the waste is properly disposed of.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

There were no release incidents.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

The College utilizes a chemical inventory software program that tracks the quantities of specific chemicals across campus.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):

Onondaga collects all institutional electronic waste for reuse within the College. If the electronic equipment is not needed for College use, it is put up for auction for reuse in the community. If the waste cannot be reused or auctioned, it is collected for recycling. The College contracts with an e-waste company to safely remove e-waste from campus for recycling.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

Onondaga collects e-waste using appropriate procedures and containers. The collection procedures are overseen in cooperation with the office of inventory control, facilities, and information technology.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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