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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 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Heather Lynch
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Ditch the Dumpster

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Ditch the Dumpster campaign is an effort to reduce the amount of waste generated by students during move-out and to “re-home” items in good condition with local non-profits and other organizations.During Finals Week, student volunteers help staff a centrally located collection site to collect various items (see list below). Students whom donate items receive raffle tickets to be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card (as a little incentive to think twice before discarding usable items).

The following items (in 2 full, large box truck loads) were diverted from taking up space in the landfill and donated to local organization in need:
--Small Household Items (Includes dishes, baskets, lamps, art supplies, school
supplies, pots and pans, vases, brooms, small appliances, toasters, coffee makers etc)
--Furniture and Large Household Items (Couches, chairs, fridges, tables, rugs, microwaves, lamps, small side tables, etc)
--Non-perishable Food & Clothing Items


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Public Engagement
Waste

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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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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.