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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 Bronze
Overall Score 34.87
Liaison DeLayne Miller
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Tennessee Technological University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 DeLayne Miller
Sustainability Manager
Facilities:Office of Sustainability
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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:

Steps are highlighted throughout Tennessee Tech's Hazardous Waste Minimization Plan. Specific steps are outlined in four different sub categories under the Current Waste Reduction Methodologies section.


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

TTU has guidelines set in place that monitor the hazardous waste being used, and focus on how to reduce the amount of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is reduced through: product substitution, chemical redistribution, and waste reuse.


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:

According to TTU's published procedures, lab workers maintain the identity of all chemicals with which they work and package and label surplus and waste chemicals in accordance with established procedures set forth in this disposal guide. Unopened or unused portions of chemicals are redistributed within the university campus. Chemicals are redistributed independently from department to department, or with assistance from the Safety and Environmental Services Office.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish 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), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Discarded electronics are gathered in the University's warehouse, then recycled at an electronic waste facility.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
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Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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