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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.93 / 3.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,967 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:

The university has begun to institute a composting program, targeting dining hall and office food waste.


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

Swipe With A Purpose - Student group on campus allows students to donate unused meal trades. The purpose of the group is to provide students with the tools to spread knowledge and awareness of hunger in our local community; To provide food to local non-profit food banks/kitchens by encouraging students to donate their “meal trades,” and university designated “munch money,” and “podium money” throughout the academic year.


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

The dining hall staff are taught to minimize pre-food waste and and compost. The university contracts with Sodexo, which has a waste management initiative called Lean Path where pre-consumer food waste is weighed.


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

The dining hall staff are taught how to sort and correctly compost student-produced food waste. In addition, Sodexo teamed with the Office of Environmental Sustainability to conduct a weigh the waste event on World Food Day for the past two years.


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

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