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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.

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Liaison Ryan Buchholdt
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Alaska Anchorage
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Paula Williams
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
154.58 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
218.18 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:

UAA recycled over 107,000 more pounds in FY14 then the previous year and saving the University over $10,000. UAA recycled over 309,417 pounds in FY14.


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

Ton in Ten is a program from Human Services Club in conjunction with Parking Services for set out bins to collect peanut butter and jelly. Students can donate two jars to "pay" for a parking violation. Students donated 1700 pounds of peanut butter and jelly in exchange for parking citations. A total of 3055 pounds was collects and distributed to local organizations to help feed the community. The smaller jars were donated to the student health and counseling center to benefit the student food cache to help students facing food insecurities.


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

Waste bins were placed in Dining Services kitchen in late July 2011. Employees are trained to place pre-consumer fruit and vegetable matter in these bins. The recycling crew picks up the bins twice a week and transports them to the compost pile.


A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:
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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 Yes
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs No
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) No
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets No
Motor oil Yes
Tires No

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