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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 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sean Collins
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
University Operations
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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:

Identified wastes for a particular area are segregated based on category and collected accordingly. Environment Health and Safety (EHS) or the Department Lab Manager pick up the waste from respective labs, shops, studios on campus and consolidate for quarterly pickup by a third party vendor.


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

Depending on the waste stream, wastes are collected by EHS or the Department Lab Manager, segregated and stored appropriately for quarterly pickup. SCU uses a third-party hazardous waste vendor to consolidate, transport and dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams appropriately.


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

None to report.


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

SCU has an online chemical inventory management system that utilizes barcodes for tracking chemical inventory, location and volume on campus. Users include faculty researchers, lab managers and EHS. Users are trained annually to utilize the system to track their inventories and search the campus for existing chemicals they can borrow prior to order new stock in an effort to minimize the total volume of chemicals purchased and stored.


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):

Students can bring E-Waste & Universal Waste items to receptacles in their residence halls.

Faculty and Staff can submit an online E-Waste pickup request to the Facilities department. Also, Information Technology operates the PC Replacement Program that donates roughly 600 computers to local non-profit organizations each year. Recipients are incentivized to dispose properly because the disposal fees are prepaid, and they have agreed to do so as part of the donation agreement.

Campus total electronic waste recycling for year of 2013: 14.3929 short tons.


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

E-Waste is responsibly recycled. E-Waste is also regulated by CA DTSC and EPA and SCU has reporting requirements for them to comply with which EHS performs. SCU is required to report the volume of eWaste generated and recycled to CA DTSC.


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

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.