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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 58.72
Liaison Kelsey Smith
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of the Pacific
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.87 / 3.00 Scott Heaton
Director
Support Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
1,524.56 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
926.41 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:

Pacific has installed recycling bins co-located with landfill bins in all offices, lobbies, classrooms and every residence hall room across campus in the last three academic years. This has dramatically decreased the amount of materials heading to the landfill.

Online guide for recycling and re-use of less common materials.

Recycling systems exist on campus for: cardboard, tires, batteries, chemical containers, planter pots, oils and auto fluids, metals, wood, concrete, soil, green waste, sprinklers, paper, ink cartridges, food, cooking oil, light bulbs, mixed recycling, and ewaste.

Purchased two shipping containers to store donations for Habitat for Humanity.

AY14-15 saw the creation of a Green Team, which made its first appearance at Move In, helping to divert thousands of pounds of cardboard from the landfill.


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

Bon Appetit makes weekly donations to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission and the local St. Mary’s Church. The campus garden also makes donations to St. Mary's and Boggs Tract Community Center program at intervals.


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

Bon Appetit collects all food waste from the prepping areas and collects them into 35 gal trash cans. The cans are dumped into 35 gal food waste totes for collection.


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

Bon Appetit has food collection bins in designated dining areas. The food waste is collected and taken to the food totes for pick up.


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 No
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

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

Mailing items such as bubble wrap, peanuts and inflated plastic bags.


The number reported for "materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator" in OP-23 is from the 2011-2012 fiscal year (7/1/2011 to 6/30/2012). Discrepancies between numbers in OP-22 and OP-23 are due to using data from different time frames. See notes in each section for time frame clarifications.

Diverted number reported above is for FY'12 and does not include the weight of furniture donated to Habitat for Humanity. Donations to Habitat for Humanity began in FY'12 and as of 07/01/12 have included:

 320 dressers
 65 desks
 92 chairs
 9 armoires
 160 beds
 2-door industrial refrigerator
 3-door industrial refrigerator
5-refrigerator small and standard size
 2 Lathe
 42 file cabinet various drawers
 12 Table
 3 microwaves
 1 stool
 Box fan
 6 Sofa & 1 loveseat
 34 Steel cabinet
TV Stand
14 Patitions
8 Shelves
7 various pictures
12 cork boards, peg boards, white boards various
2 projectors
5 Projector/TV Stand
Office Supplies
Utility closet
Computer Tower
Exercise bike and equipment
10 Lights
2 Compressors
6 Umbrella's
1 Dishwasher
16 Window Screens
Swamp Cooler
3 Sink counters

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.