|Liaison||Mary Ellen Mallia|
|Submission Date||Jan. 15, 2016|
|1.64 / 5.00||
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||843 Tons||238 Tons|
|Materials composted||300 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials reused, donated or re-sold||10 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||1,967 Tons||2,623 Tons|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of residential students||7,500||7,160|
|Number of residential employees||43||43|
|Number of in-patient hospital beds||0||0|
|Full-time equivalent enrollment||15,858||15,875|
|Full-time equivalent of employees||4,075||3,649|
|Full-time equivalent of distance education students||0||0|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2013||June 30, 2014|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2004||June 30, 2005|
The baseline is in line with the year prior to any sustainability related initiatives on campus and also complies with the baseline year set in the Copenhagen Accord.
Students employed by the institution conducted a waste audit of the University Library in the spring and fall of 2015. The data was gathered throughout the semesters. The spring audit helped to determine the approximated waste diversion rate along with the recycling to waste bin ratio. Recommendations were made for infrastructure enhancements for the fall. The fall data is currently being analyzed. It will be used to determine if the new infrastructure has been effective in increasing the diversion rate.
Executive Order 18 prohibits the use of state funds to purchase bottled water. The University at Albany chose to mandate this policy for its campus. A memo was sent out from the controller's office to eliminate the practice of supporting group water coolers and purchasing bottled water for state events. http://www.albany.edu/institutionalservices/media/memo20061012.pdf
The university purchasing department oversees the Office of Equipment Management. They maintain a list of surplus items available. http://web.albany.edu/its/webgroup/equipment/surplus.asp
Office supplies are exchanged on an informal basis.
The University at Albany encourages faculty to utilize Blackboard Online Learning System or their own webpages to store class materials, documents and syllabi for students to access online, instead of printing out hard copies. Course catalogs, directories and the library's online reserve system are also on the Albany webpage.
The University at Albany's Library services and Graduate Student Association have set their printers to automatically print double-sided. Both facilities also restrict free printing and users must pay for printing.
Each May, Office of Environmental Sustainability sponsors the move out program, "Give N Go". Large PODS are placed at each quad on campus and students are encouraged to donate unwanted household items, electronics and appliances. These items are donated to a local charity.
The Office of Environmental Sustainability has distributed bins around campus, both academic and residential areas, for students, faculty and staff to recycle ink jets and toners, and for batteries. We also collect unwanted electronics. Ink jets and toners are recycled through Fundraising Factory, batteries are given to Environmental Health and Safety and electronics are sent to Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R).
The dining staff measure the pre-consumer food waste as part of Sodexo's Lean Path initiative.
The dining services have reduced the size of plates and cups to reduce waste. Trays were eliminated over 5 years ago. Staff also controls portions by serving students themselves. Pre and post consumer food waste is picked up by an organics waste hauler to a composting facility. The hauler provides regular reports on the amount of food waste.
Napkins in the dining halls are compostable. All dishware used in the dining halls are reusable. Condiment packets have been replaced with bulk containers. Water bottles have been replaced with water carafes.
The campus center gives discounts for students, faculty and staff to tea and coffee when they bring their own reusable mugs.
Dining services will donate left over food and supplies to area food pantries at the end of each semester and prior to week long breaks.
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.
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.