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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 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Oregon
OP-24: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.89 / 1.00 Steve Mital
Office of Sustainability Director
Finance & Administration
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
4,352 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated :
521 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

The above information represents construction materials from the Straub Hall and Student Rec Center projects. These two projects represent the vast majority of demolition/construction work on campus during the reporting period. Waste diversion for large projects now exceeds 80% and associated reporting is very detailed. This is a point of pride for the University of Oregon.

Campus construction standards require reuse and recovery of construction and demolition waste. Many companies utilize a construction recycling materials recycling facility to increase recovery of construction materials. All construction companies are required to sign contracts that contain the following clauses:

1.1 SUMMARY
A. Section includes requirements for management of debris and waste materials generated by the Work. It is the intent of the requirements for this Section that debris and waste materials from the Work be recovered for reuse and recycling and result in a net financial savings for the Owner. Debris and waste materials that can not be recovered shall be disposed of in a legal and conscientious manner.
B. The waste management goal for this Project to divert construction demolition and land clearing debris (CDL) from landfill disposal to achieve LEED Materials and Resources Credit 2.0.
1. Waste Management Plan: Drafted and implemented by the Contractor.
1.2 WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN
A. Debris and Waste Materials Produced as a Consequence of the Work: Recovered for
recycling and reuse to the maximum extent practical. Review recycling and reuse potential for practicality and cost effectiveness.
1. Personnel Instruction: Contractor shall instruct tradespersons, mechanics and other
workers regarding the location of containers for source separation of debris and required
procedures for resource processing and avoidance of contamination of the contents.
2. Sale of Recovered Debris and Waste Material: Conducted off the Owner's property.
3. Requirements to Reuse Debris and Waste Materials in the Work: Coordinated with
requirements of individual technical Sections.
B. Do not stockpile resources on-site beyond the period necessary for sorting and accumulation of practical quantities for transport off-site. Provide for periodic collection of resources and transportation off-site. As a minimum, provide separate containers with identifying signage for source separation of the following resources. Owner reserves the right to modify the listing to add or delete resources where this may enhance the resource recovery effort.
1. Wood: Carefully dismantled and recycled or sold.
2. Metal: Ferrous and non-ferrous containers. Includes sheet metal, mechanical
equipment, piping, fasteners, and related accessories and components.
3. Portland Cement Concrete: Recycle where off-site reuse is not acceptable.
4. Gypsum Boards
5. Cardboard
6. Non-recoverable debris; as required for debris collection and disposal.

UO Campus Construction Standards Part 3.
Construction Waste Management:
a. Salvage and Recycling Requirements:
Our goal is to salvage and recycle as much non-hazardous demolition and construction waste as possible including any demolition and/or construction waste.
b. Submittals:
• Recycling Plan: Prior to preparation of the Waste Management Plan, submit the recycling plan to the PM and Architect for approval.
• Waste Management Plan: Submit 3 copies of plan within 30 days of the Notice to Proceed.
• Waste Reduction Calculations: Before request for Substantial Completion, submit three copies of calculated end-of-Project rates for salvage, recycling, and disposal as a percentage of total waste in weight generated by the Work.
c. Record Keeping:
• Records of Donations: Indicate receipt and acceptance of salvageable waste donated to individuals and organizations. Indicate whether or not the organization is tax exempt. • Recycling and Processing Facility Records: Indicate receipt and acceptance of recyclable waste by recycling and processing facilities licensed to accept them. Include manifests, weight tickets, receipts, and invoices. Include documentation for back-charge fees (if any) for improperly segregated waste.
• Landfill and Incinerator Disposal Records:
Indicate receipt and acceptance of waste by landfills and incinerator facilities licensed to accept them. Include manifests, weight tickets, receipts, and invoices.
d. Provide recycling education and recycling information to Contractor and Subcontractor employees working on the project.
e. Waste Management Plan Implementation:
• Provide containers, storage, signage, transportation, and other items as required to implement waste management plan during the entire duration of the Contract.
• Train workers, subcontractors, and suppliers on proper waste management procedures, as appropriate for the Work occurring at Project site.
• Conduct waste management operations to ensure minimum interference with roads, streets, walks, walkways, and other adjacent occupied and used facilities.
i. Designate and label specific areas on Project site necessary for separating materials that are to be salvaged, recycled, reused, donated, and sold.
ii. Comply with project requirements for controlling dust and dirt, environmental protection, and noise control.


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.