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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 75.27
Liaison Katie Lavin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.52 / 3.00 Kelly Jones
Manager
Buildings and Grounds
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
38 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
36.98 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:

We have a student Work position, "Captain Compost," who would focus on a more efficient composting and food waste program. We also added a Director of Community Outreach to partner with food gleaning and food donation programs. Additionally, as part of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, we built a new 400 square foot composting facility.


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

We participate with Salvation Farms in food gleaning; managing agricultural surplus more efficiently across communities in Vermont. We also participate in the local Meals on Wheels and "Pies for People," which turn surplus agriculture into delicious pies that go to the Hardwick Food Bank.


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

Our composting covers both pre- and post-consumer food waste. We have a full-time position, "Captain Compost," who only manages food waste on campus.


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

Our composting covers both pre- and post-consumer food waste. We have a full-time position, "Captain Compost," who only manages food waste on campus.


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 ---
Plant materials composting ---
Animal bedding composting ---
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil No
Tires Yes

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