|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
|3.35 / 8.00||
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||319.10 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials composted||227 Tons||53.70 Tons|
|Materials donated or re-sold||5.70 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||334.30 Tons||469.78 Tons|
|Total waste generated||886.10 Tons||523.48 Tons|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2015||June 30, 2016|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2004||June 30, 2005|
We adopted a baseline of the 2005 Fiscal Year, as it was the first year that we had data available from the local waste hauler.
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of students resident on-site||1,068||1,008|
|Number of employees resident on-site||2||0|
|Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds||0||0|
|Total full-time equivalent student enrollment||4,200||3,913.80|
|Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)||684||635|
|Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education||191||22.50|
|Weighted campus users||3,787.25||3,646.73|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Total waste generated per weighted campus user||0.23 Tons||0.14 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)||No|
Southern Oregon University makes every effort to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill. While local access to recycling markets is limited, we have forged community partnerships to divert waste streams that would otherwise be headed to the landfill. While we divert many waste streams, such as tires, motor oil, surplus furniture, appliances, light bulbs, batteries, etc., there is no process in place to track weight or volume of many of these materials, therefore some of them are not included in the figures reported above.
Southern Oregon University built a campus recycling center in 2011 that employs students to hand-sort through all campus recycling to remove any contamination. The university provides the cleanest recycling stream in the region due to the recycling center. It also allows the recycling program to have a thorough understanding of what the most common contaminants are in order to provide targeted education and communication on campus.
The Sustainability at SOU office employs a student Zero Waste Coordinator to conduct events and provide educational outreach for the campus on how to properly recycle and how to reduce waste.
SOU's Recycling Program facilitates countless initiatives throughout the year to encourage students and university employees to shift individual attitudes and practices around waste. These initiatives include regular tabling with recycling games and information, a residence hall competition, intentional signage with sustainable behaviors or information about common recycling misnomers, etc. The program also uses social media (Facebook, twitter and instagram) to educate and raise awareness around recycling and waste prevention.
SOU's Recycling Program works with one of the general education cohorts to perform 1-2 waste audits each year. Students from the Green House cohort partner with the Recycling Program to sort through trash from various parts of campus to identify what makes up the campus waste stream. The students sort the waste into 10 categories including: landfill, pre-consumer compost, post-consumer compost, compostable paper, hard plastics, soft plastics, cans/bottles, paper/cardboard, glass, and reusable items.
The Facilities Management and Planning Department works with the campus recycling program to keep as much waste out of the landfill as possible. All office furniture is collected by Surplus and reused on campus, donated to a non-profit organization, or sold, whenever possible.
Used office supplies are collected by SOU Recycling and made available to all students, staff and faculty on the Free Stuff Shelf located in the student union.
The SOU Recycling program manages a Free Stuff Shelf in the student union. Although the shelf is mostly stocked with materials recovered from the campus recycling, campus users are invited to leave items for reuse on the shelf. There are also free stuff areas throughout campus where students and departments place available office supplies, books, or art supplies for individuals to reuse.
Additionally, there are several campus groups that partner each year to offer peer-to-peer exchange events, including clothing swaps and gear swaps.
Free printing is not provided to students in computer labs on campus. Students pay for printing by the page. The Hannon Library charges for all printing from public workstations to encourage conservation of resources.
SOU no longer prints course catalogs, course schedules, or telephone directories. All of these materials are available online.
SOU partners with Goodwill to divert move-out waste from the landfill through an annual move out event. Several stations are set up in each residence hall for students to drop off their unwanted reusable/recyclable items during the move-out. Volunteers work at the stations to sort items into the appropriate bins. Materials that can be resold or recycled (textiles, electronics, books, etc.) are donated to Goodwill, helping to create opportunities for local people facing hardships to receive education, training, and career services. Other recyclables and garbage are sorted at SOU's Recycling Center.
During move-in, the university provides additional dumpsters for cardboard and posts signs encouraging students and their families to recycle all cardboard.
Most campus buildings have one or more free tables/shelves/corners where students, staff and faculty can exchange items, including office supplies, books, art supplies, and other items that may otherwise have ended up in the landfill.
The university also collects all abandoned reusable bottles, thermoses, or mugs left around campus and gives them to the Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS). ECOS washes all containers and makes them available to the campus community for free.
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