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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-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelly Jones
Manager
Buildings and Grounds
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Paints are recycled; batteries and lightbulbs are all salvaged.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Our institution does not have a chemistry department, and therefore the only laboratory chemicals used on campus are found within the biology department. Any other chemical waste would be disposed of with our regular waste management company, Casella.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

None.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
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Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):

We currently contract out to Green Disk for our electronic waste recycling program. There are multiple pick-up sites on campus where community members can place e-waste for removal and recycling. We also recycle toner on campus by sending back to the companies' recycling programs.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

All institution-based e-waste generated on our campus is recycled at various sites by GreenDisk, which are monitored by each state's pollution control agency.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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