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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
OP-20: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.85 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered during the most recent year for which data is available within the previous three years:
18,298 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated during the most recent year for which data is available within the previous three years:
3,256 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:
84.89

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

Penn State's Construction and Demolition Program manages construction and demolition waste. It separates recycleable materials from non-recycleables and disposes of them appropriately.
http://sustainability.psu.edu/construction-and-demolition-cd-program
Penn State includes a Construction Waste Management requirement on all projects regardless of whether or not LEED certification is pursued. This requirement stipulates that the contractor recycle and/or salvage 75% of construction, demolition, and land clearing waste, and is detailed in Article 8.11 of General Conditions of the Contract http://www.opp.psu.edu/planning-construction/design_and_construction_standards/division-00-procurement-and-contracting-requirements/documents/SECTION%20D%20GC.pdf
In 2008 Penn State established a partnership with Armstrong Ceilings to recycle old ceiling tiles removed from renovation sites. Used tiles are removed and stored in a trailer provided by Armstrong until it reaches capacity, then are transported off-site to be remanufactured into new ceiling tiles.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Waste data reported is from major (>$5m) construction/ renovation projects completed in 2016 on University Park campus.

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.