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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 74.63
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Stanford University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.79 / 3.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
11,124.43 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
7,517.48 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate, including efforts made during the previous three years:

Stanford University's Waste Reduction and Recycling Program was established over 30 years ago and reaches all areas of campus. Over 5000 carefully-signed recycling bins are in place on campus including in each building, all residence halls, and numerous outdoor gathering points. Food waste is collected from all dining halls, cafes, and housing areas. Stanford established a special event recycling and composting program. Yard trimmings are collected from the Grounds Department. Numerous outreach and educational opportunities are provided to all stakeholders on campus. Staff work with students on special projects and Stanford has participated in the nationwide RecycleMania competition each year since 2007.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
http://bgm.stanford.edu/home_pssi_main
http://sustainable.stanford.edu/waste
http://sustainable.stanford.edu/be_cardinal_green_recyclemania


A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

Stanford Dining donates leftover usable food to the student-run program SPOON (Stanford Project on Hunger, http://hunger.stanford.edu/) to distribute to the Palo Alto Opportunity Center. The partnership with SPOON results in about 12,000 pounds of donated food annually. Stanford Dining also donates to the Heart and Home Women's Shelter.


A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

All dining halls collect pre- and post-production food waste, which is sent to an off-site composting facility. The finished compost is then returned to campus for use in one of seven Dining Hall Gardens, on the Stanford Educational Farm, and for various landscaping needs. Stanford annually composts over 1 million tons of food waste from its dining halls and other campus eateries.


A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

A major focus of the Sustainable Food Program is to reduce the impact of Stanford Dining’s operations through efficiency measures, education of our staff and customers, collaborative efforts with our partners across campus and creative design solutions to complex behavioral challenges. The post-consumer composting program is an ideal example of these initiatives. Stanford employs Student Compost Coordinators, works with student groups, and sponsors class projects in the School of Engineering to monitor and improve the post-consumer composting program.


Does the institution include the following materials in its waste diversion efforts?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food donations Yes
Food for animals Yes
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting Yes
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

Plastic film, grasscycling material, brush to mulch program material, logs to chips program material, wood waste (in addition to pallets).


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.