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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Enid Cardinal
Submission Date July 29, 2013
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Rochester Institute of Technology
OP-17: Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Enid Cardinal
Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President
Office of the President
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Weight of materials recycled, 2005 baseline year :
1,575.50 Tons

Weight of materials composted, 2005 baseline year :
0 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, 2005 baseline year :
1,838.38 Tons

Weight of materials recycled, performance year :
1,453.38 Tons

Weight of materials composted, performance year :
0 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, performance year :
2,160.68 Tons

List the start and end dates of the waste reduction performance year:
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

On-campus residents, 2005:
6,495

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
7,753

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
2,834

On-campus residents, performance year:
6,687

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
9,704

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
3,354

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with waste reduction performance year):
August 2011 - July 2012

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to waste-reduction goals, such as zero waste:
Yes

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve waste reduction goals:

the University has a stated goal of a 50% waste diversion rate.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste reduction initiatives is available:

The University switched to single stream recycling during this reporting period. The transition caused some confusion and may have led to lower recycling rates than previous years.

Additionally, the University recently changed waste hauling venders. Current weight information is much more reliable that previous years. As such, total waste generation in 2005 may have been higher than what was reported by the previous waste hauler.

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.