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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 71.76
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of Alberta
OP-17: Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.81 / 5.00 Ray Dumouchel
Associate Director, Buildings and Grounds Services
Operations and Maintenance
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Weight of materials recycled, 2005 baseline year :
862 Tons

Weight of materials composted, 2005 baseline year :
0 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, 2005 baseline year :
3,086.50 Tons

Weight of materials recycled, performance year :
1,078.54 Tons

Weight of materials composted, performance year :
298.06 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, performance year :
2,238.01 Tons

List the start and end dates of the waste reduction performance year:
January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

On-campus residents, 2005:
4,362

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
27,158

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
3,734

On-campus residents, performance year:
4,537

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
31,261

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
3,514

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with waste reduction performance year):
2013-14

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to waste-reduction goals, such as zero waste:
Yes

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve waste reduction goals:

In the 2012-2016 Sustainability Plan, the university committed to the following short term waste goal:

"Expand waste reduction initiatives across all campuses and increase the amount of waste diverted from the University of Alberta’s North Campus to 50% by 2015."

High level strategies to reach this goal include waste audits and data tracking, the establishment in 2013 of a Waste Diversion Working Group focused on meeting and exceeding this goal, increasing the capture of organic waste, and reducing packaging waste during purchasing where feasible.


The website URL where information about the institution’s waste reduction initiatives is available:

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.