|Submission Date||Oct. 12, 2018|
|4.55 / 8.00||
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||3,980 Tons||3,166 Tons|
|Materials composted||2,271 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials donated or re-sold||1,138 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||4,739 Tons||6,587 Tons|
|Total waste generated||12,128 Tons||9,753 Tons|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2017||June 30, 2018|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2004||June 30, 2005|
This baseline is the standard we have adopted throughout all of STARS and is used in our Climate Action Plan.
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of students resident on-site||8,250||4,894|
|Number of employees resident on-site||15||10|
|Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds||731||380|
|Total full-time equivalent student enrollment||52,466||32,403|
|Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)||33,666||23,215|
|Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education||1,464||269|
|Weighted campus users||66,298.25||43,117.75|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Total waste generated per weighted campus user||0.18 Tons||0.23 Tons|
|Yes or No|
|Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers||Yes|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||Yes|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
|Other (please specify below)||No|
We include used furniture and laboratory equipment resold through our Surplus department in our waste diversion rate. Electronics, styrofoam, construction & demolition debris, and plastic film are also included.
We are implementing consistent, clearly labeled infrastructure across our campus. We perform public outreach in small groups or large tabling events to discuss the UW Recycles Right message across campus.
We participate in RecycleMania to compete against other PAC-12 schools for waste reduction, food recovery, and recycling categories. We hand out blue recycling bags during football game tailgating activities to encourage game day sustainability. We encourage and support students build new containers and signs, such as the SmartBins with videos showing how to sort items and how much is saved each time, or the 3D waste containers in the Student Union Building that show physical items on display rather than two dimensional signs.
In 2018, UW Recycling commissioned the third waste characterization study to:
--Examine changes in the composition and quantity of materials disposed by the University since the previous studies in 1989 and 2004.
--Evaluate the effectiveness of the waste reduction and recycling programs.
--Identify opportunities for increased material recovery to meet or exceed Seattle’s 70% recycling goal by 2020.
--The study focused on municipal solid waste, mixed recycling, and food waste disposed by the University main campus during January and February 2018.
The UW Climate Action Plan calls for education and outreach programs for faculty, staff and students in regard to using and purchasing goods, and printing and copying responsibly (Strategy 7.4.2), and outlines a purchasing policy for products made with post-consumer recycled content products (Strategy 7.4.3). The Paper Conservation Program supports these strategies.
All items purchased with university monies or given to the University that are no longer needed by a department, whether they are in working or non-working condition, must be transferred to UW Surplus for resale, recycling, or disposal (http://www.uwsurplus.com).
UW Surplus is a self-sustaining department. It receives no direct state funding and must generate revenue to cover all costs.
UW Surplus revenue is generated through sales of items transferred from departments. In fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) UW Surplus resale efforts kept 984 tons of material out of the landfill.
The Chemical Exchange program allows MyChem users to share unused chemical inventory to save money and reduce waste. The Chemical Exchange allows you to search for available chemicals or chemical products in MyChem inventories, and save money and reduce waste. You can flag chemicals in your own inventory to share with others at the University.
All printing in computer labs and libraries must be purchased. Double-sided printing is the default setting on all contracted printers/copiers.
All University of Washington course catalogs, schedules and directories are found online. This is also the case with most class materials that can be found on Catalyst pages.
UW Recycling’s annual Student Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout (SCRAM) event captures unwanted items from approximately 8,600 departing students who live in the residence halls. The goal of SCRAM is to divert reusable goods from the landfill and donate those items, such as food, books, clothing, household items, school supplies, and toiletries to charitable organizations. At the end of the academic year, a donation station is set up at each residence hall to encourage donation and reuse. Each station includes instructional signs and collection containers to separate items. There is also space for donating large items like furniture and home theater equipment. The program has been in place since 2004 and has helped keep nearly 240 tons of material out of the landfill. SCRAM tries to make moving out of the dorms a little easier. As we like to say, “Don’t just cram it…SCRAM it!”
Watch SCRAM feature story on UWTV! http://uwtv.org/series/uw360/watch/74YMYrdAsgY/
In 2009, the Washington State Legislature passed Substitute House Bill 2287, directing all state agencies, including the University, to purchase 100% recycled paper and to reduce paper consumption by 30%. A university-wide project team comprised of members of the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses developed the UW Committee on Paper Reduction to meet the following objectives:
Transition to purchasing of 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paper for copiers and printers.
Increase recycling of all paper products at the University of Washington and 100% of all copy and print paper.
Reduction of paper consumption by 30% beginning July 1, 2010
In April 2015, the Odegaard Library (the undergraduate student library) had all their restrooms converted to hand dryers. Thereby reducing the amount of paper towel waste being generated from the building which received over 10,000 visitors per day.
Additionally, the UW’s Climate Action Plan calls for education and outreach programs for faculty staff and students in regard to using and purchasing goods, and printing and copying responsibly (Strategy 7.4.2), and outlines a purchasing policy for products made with post-consumer recycled content products (Strategy 7.4.3). The Paper Conservation Program supports these strategies.
The first initiative the committee implemented was getting departments to adopt online course evaluations. The Office of Educational Assessment (OEA) has provided course evaluation services to the University of Washington for several decades. Over the past 2.5 years, they have been hard at work developing a brand-new course evaluation (IASystem) that seamlessly integrates with the existing paper-based system while offering a smart, sustainable online option. OEA has released version 1.0 of the new integrated system in Autumn 2013 and is currently working to train departmental coordinators within academic departments at the UW Seattle on the use of the online interface. Read about how they did it in their Profile in Green. https://f2.washington.edu/ess/sites/default/files/Profile%20In%20Green%20OEA.pdf
Read information about the committee, the online course evaluation process, and paper reduction metrics here:
Finally, in August 2012, UW Executive Order 13, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability was approved by President Michael Young. This Order states the University will be a leader in implementing best practices and will demonstrate flexibility in adapting to new information, changing approaches, and emerging technologies. The scope of these efforts will encompass all university operations, including: the planning, design, construction, and performance monitoring of facilities; user behaviors and activities in areas such as commuting, travel, land use, and information technology; and the overall cycle of procurement, consumption, and disposal of commodities.
Read full text of Executive Order here: http://green.uw.edu/executive-order)