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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 Silver
Overall Score 56.83
Liaison Liz Davey
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tulane University
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 5.00 Liz Davey
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 470 Tons 470 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 20.25 Tons 20.25 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 3,170 Tons 3,170 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,974 3,974
Number of residential employees 15 15
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 11,944 11,944
Full-time equivalent of employees 5,254 5,254
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

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

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

At the beginning of 2014, a new waste contract included weighing every dumpster pickup. For the first time since outsourcing garbage collection, accurate waste data were available for the Uptown compus. (The 2014 waste data actually measure university waste from Feb 2014-Jan. 15). Because it is important to document a baseline for future efforts, we are reporting 2014 as both a baseline and performance year.


A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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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:
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A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:
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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:
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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):

Bruff-to-Go switched exclusively to reusable containers in Spring 2014 - diverting more than 21,000 containers from the landfill per semester.


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):

Bruff Commons, the main dining hall, uses only reusable plates, cups, and utensils. To-go meals are only offered at the Bruff-to-Go room, which also exclusively offers reusable containers. The dining options at the Lavin-Bernick Center offer reusable plates and utensils for dine-in.


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:

The two Pj's Coffee locations on Tulane's campus give a 25-cent discount to customers who take their coffee in reusable mugs.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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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.