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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 Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Mark Bremer
Submission Date April 6, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Mark Bremer
Lecturer & Green Team Chair
Arts & Sciences
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 194.50 Tons 194.50 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 222.67 Tons 222.67 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 631 631
Number of residential employees 3 3
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 1,893 1,893
Full-time equivalent of employees 263 263
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 255 255

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year April 1, 2013 March 31, 2014
Baseline Year April 1, 2013 March 31, 2014

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

Waste generation and diversion was determined as part of the annual Executive Order 4 reporting criteria. The 2013-14 baseline was adopted because a new single-stream recycling program was adopted campus-wide in August 2014.


A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

In April 2013, a whole-building waste audit was conducted of a mixed-use campus building, Kunsela Hall. In August 2014, the campus adopted the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority Single Stream program for recyclable wastes.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:

Central purchasing buys office supplies like copy paper in bulk. Executive Order 4 prohibits the use of state funds to purchase bottled water.


A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:
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A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Online course catalogs, course schedules, course registration, directories, employee time sheet reporting. Some forms are fillable online.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

Some office and computer lab printers are set to double-sided printing by default.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:
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A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:

Pre-consumer kitchen food waste is collected and given to a local farmer for animal feed supplement.


A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:
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A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):
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A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):
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A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:
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A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:

Trayless dining adopted in Student Center Cafe and Campus Center Dining Hall.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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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.