|Submission Date||July 27, 2017|
|3.36 / 8.00||
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||697.43 Tons||767.70 Tons|
|Materials composted||206.74 Tons||204.90 Tons|
|Materials donated or re-sold||120 Tons||23.23 Tons|
|Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||1,352.70 Tons||1,455 Tons|
|Total waste generated||2,376.87 Tons||2,450.83 Tons|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2016||June 30, 2017|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2014||June 30, 2015|
FY15 is the first year for which we have comprehensive waste and recycling data for all of the categories which we currently track (i.e. landfill, single-stream recycling, shredded paper, cardboard, scrap metal, waste grease, and recycled electronics.) It is also a year prior to the establishment of the Zero Waste Task Force, so it provides a useful basis for comparison and evaluation of the efficacy of the Task Force's efforts.
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of students resident on-site||7,396||7,466|
|Number of employees resident on-site||23||23|
|Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds||0||0|
|Total full-time equivalent student enrollment||14,292||14,130|
|Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)||2,930||2,840|
|Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education||89||0|
|Weighted campus users||14,704.50||14,599.75|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Total waste generated per weighted campus user||0.16 Tons||0.17 Tons|
|Yes or No|
|Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers||Yes|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||No|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
|Other (please specify below)||No|
A concerted outreach and education campaign in campus housing, conducted by Residential Life and focused on increased recycling rates, resulted in a reduction of 16% in the amount of waste per student being sent to the landfill from campus dorms in fall 2016.
In the dining halls, the "Task Less, Waste Less" campaign, initiated in 2016, reminds patrons to be mindful of taking only what they intend to eat. This involves signage spread throughout all three dining halls, as well as periodic public "plate scrape" exercises at waste disposal sites in the dining halls,
In 2013, the Post Landfill Action Network conducted a UNH waste audit of of campus, including student move in and move out days. In early 2016 we used this data to kick off a "Zero Waste Task Force" charged by UNH's President Huddleston with delivering initial recommendations for moving the university toward a zero waste status.
The University System of New Hampshire Purchasing Office facilitates the Surplus Property program. Through the Surplus Property website, individuals can browse and/or upload to an online inventory of surplus items (furniture, miscellaneous, audio/visual equipment, computers, research equipment, vehicles) available for sale to university departments and the general public. Surplus may also be transferred to another department, donated to a non-profit organization, create an advertisement for the sale of surplus, or request to scrap obsolete equipment.
The majority of Student Computer Clusters (SCCs) require Cats Cache to enable printing. Cats Cache is like a debit card onto which students (and parents) can deposit money. Standard printing rates are 10 cents per page. There are computer labs on campus where free printing is available. Such locations are monitored by a computer lab technician, and students are instructed to limit their use of free printing to five pages.
In the spirit of sustainability and in accordance with President Mark Huddleston’s call to restrict printing and mailing costs, the UNH Campus Directory is now only available online. The online UNH directory for faculty/staff is currently available from the UNH homepage, and the online directories for students and faculty/staff are currently available at: http://www.unh.edu/directories/facstaff.html
Moreover, the undergraduate course catalog completed its transition to online-only delivery with the 2010-2011 edition. The Graduate School's course catalog has been online-only since the 2009-2010 edition. Through MyCourses, students can also view syllabi and course schedules uploaded by instructors, as well as submit papers and exams electronically and register for courses, among other things:
In spring 2016, outreach began in March to residents of UNH dorms and apartments that UNH would NOT be providing disposal units for furniture or other goods left behind by students during move-out, and that they would be expected to remove anything they brought with them when they moved in. This outreach included strong promotion of the UNH Trash-to-Treasure program, which was created by members of the UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and is now administered through the business school's Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise program (https://www.unh.edu/social-innovation/t2t). T2T collects furniture, electronics and other reusable items that students throw away each year, storing it all over the summer, and then holds a large 3-day yard sale during move-in weekend to sell it all back to students. The goal is to create a sustainable program where we will be able to run the program next year with the money we make at the yard sale this year, and so on, for years to come.
UNH Dining (for composting): David Hill
University System of NH employees can also donate and sell used electronic and other items through USNH Surplus: www.unh.edu/purchasing/surplus/index.html. Also, UNH IT manages the disposal of computers for UNH Durham faculty and staff.
As for ink cartridges, UNH Facilities holds all the printer cartridges until they have a truckload (1-ton pickup), then delivers them to Reliable Technologies in Manchester, NH. The company sorts through the cartridges keeps those that can be recycled (paying UNH for these) and destroying those that cannot. To create fewer cartridges in the first place, UNH Printing Services offers a “Refill, Don’t Landfill” program in which cartridges can be refilled with ink through Cartridge World.
Other contacts: Steve Pesci; Paul Chamberlin; Lisa Pollard
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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.