|Submission Date||June 5, 2017|
|2.39 / 8.00||
Chief of Operations
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||123 Tons||123 Tons|
|Materials composted||328 Tons||328 Tons|
|Materials donated or re-sold||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||116 Tons||116 Tons|
|Total waste generated||567 Tons||567 Tons|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||Oct. 1, 2015||Sept. 30, 2016|
|Baseline Year||Oct. 1, 2015||Sept. 30, 2016|
Waste generation data is incomplete before October 2015, so no comparison with baseline year is possible at present.
Prior to October 2015, green waste, which comprised of large portions of waste diversion, was placed in a bin on-campus that was shared by other clients of landscaping company as it used SUA as regional office.
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of students resident on-site||448||448|
|Number of employees resident on-site||8||8|
|Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds||6||6|
|Total full-time equivalent student enrollment||455||455|
|Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)||223||223|
|Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education||0||0|
|Weighted campus users||628.50||628.50|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Total waste generated per weighted campus user||0.90 Tons||0.90 Tons|
|Yes or No|
|Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers||Yes|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||Yes|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
|Other (please specify below)||Yes|
E-waste and universal waste (non PCB ballasts, batteries & lamps such as mercury containing lamps,etc.) are also recycled.
To minimize the contamination of separated waste, we have multiple compartment waste containers for pre-sorting waste where all the recycling trash bins are properly labeled with large signage to inform people what kinds of waste goes in which bin.
Currently, there are no procedures to monitor discard rates.
In 2015, the Soka Student Union Sustainability Committee successfully passed the tupperware program which aimed to replace non-reusable to-go brown boxes from the cafeteria with reusable tupperware boxes. The purpose was to reduce university's waste stream. Under the tupperware program, each student gets a tupperware card. If students wants to pack food from cafeteria, they can exchange their tupperware card with tupperware box at the cafeteria. When they are done, students can exchange the tupperware boxes back with their tupperware cards. Dining staff is responsible to wash and maintain the tupperware boxes.
Furthermore, as described previously, there are recycling trash bins that are labeled with appropriate signage to inform what kinds of waste goes in which bin. For instance, there are compost bins for food and organic waste in the cafeteria, residential halls and Soka Instructional Garden. There are other receptacles at various places through out the campus to separate white paper, mixed paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles etc.
The Campus Sustainability Committee composed of students, faculty and staff initiate opportunities for improvement and review. University departments also have programs for identifying sustainability opportunities. For example, the university procures sustainable custodial cleaning supplies (including not purchasing products with volatile organic compounds).
The university sets the default on university printers to print on both sides of the paper.
Course schedules are sent online to the students, through emails, for each semester before registration opens. They, along with other forms and documents from academics, human resources, financial aid, student affairs, career services etc. are available online through "portal.soka.edu". The various university departments and student government use Qualtrics, an online survey software tools, to distribute surveys and forms. The Soka portal also contains several other online tools such as Brightspace, online scheduler, campus calendar, student employment functions, just to name a few. To sum up, Soka Portal is a one-stop place to obtain/access university related resources. SUA does distribute hard copies of course catalogs each year to all the students but they are also available online.
Furthermore, Soka Student Union(SSU) Executive Council (EC) and class representatives (Class Senate) along with other student committees such as SSU Sustainability Committee, Club Senate emphasize on using electronic methods for formalities and records. For instance, to request fundings from EC, Class Senate Treasurer submit a picture of purchasing receipts and digital financial forms. Applications for SSU leadership positions are also digital and are sent through emails.
The university provides and collects bins during move-in/move-out periods from the residence halls. CR&R, the university's waste hauler, claims that 57% of this waste is recycled.
Detailed data spreadsheet for the university's waste produced, diverted and recycled has been attached to this credit form.
Soka University of America partners with the International Environmental Alliance (IEA) to manage its solid waste, hazardous waste and universal waste. The university's contracted waste hauler to manage solid waste is CR&R, for hazardous waste, it is the Enviropol Environmental Services, and for universal waste, it is the AERC Recycling Solutions. All the aforementioned three companies are coordinated by IEA. To manage our e-waste, SUA partners with SIMS Metal Management.
Refer to the sections 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.9, 2.1.11, 2.1.12, 2.1.17 of the attached 2016 Soka Sustainability Report to obtain information regarding waste related sustainability initiatives and programs.
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.
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.