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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.34
Liaison Kat Pohlman
Submission Date April 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.65 / 5.00 Kathryn Pohlman
Sustainability Coordinator
EH&S
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 719.03 Tons 892.47 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 5.30 Tons 5.54 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 3,193.48 Tons
+ Date Revised: May 17, 2016
3,346 Tons
+ Date Revised: May 17, 2016

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 4,100 3,500
Number of residential employees 70 70
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 12,625 11,792
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,886 1,027
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 314 302

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

In 2012, UNCW started tracking weights of recycling.


A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

Waste audits of Campus Life buildings and freshman housing are performed by classes, periodically. These areas have the most diverse waste. Also, audits of home basketball games waste are performed by the UNCW Sustainability Committee yearly for Recyclemania.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Surplus Property encompasses all university property no longer in use by a university department. University departments transfer all property and equipment to Surplus Property as soon as it is determined that the property is no longer needed. Departments are not authorized to transfer or sell any state property, except to other university departments.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Very few mass produced documents are still printed by the university. UNCW does not print course catalogs, they can only be found on the UNCW website. The entire universities directory is also found on the website.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

Students are given 100 "free" copies at the beginning of the semester, they must pay for anything after that. All faculty and staff are encouraged to reduce their printing and ink by the Sustainability Council's campaign.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

UNCW no longer provides single-use plastic water & Gatorade bottles during the event. Instead, we will have hydration stations where volunteers, students, and parents can refill their water bottles at every Residence Hall.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:

All fryer oil from Campus Dining locations is converted into biodiesel. Motor oil is also recycled. UNCW is almost completely plastic bag free with the exception of those businesses required by franchise.


A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:

Since the creation of the composting program, food waste audits have been done to regulate contamination. However, during these audits, specific food waste is also noted.


A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:

UNCW Campus Dining makes a conscious effort to order in serve food in a manner that ensures availability without waste. A lot of produce is also ordered locally, increasing the lifespan of the product.


A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:
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A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

The Bio Pack to-go containers used in Wagoner and Hawk’s Nest are 96% renewable natural resource paper.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):

Two of the largest dining halls only provide reusable service ware for dine in meals. The other large dining hall provides compostable service ware.


A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

Every location on campus that sells coffee offers a discount for bringing your own reusable mug.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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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.