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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 51.80
Liaison Jill Fermanich
Submission Date Sept. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Laurie Case
Sustainability & Strategic Planning Coordinator
Chancellor's Office
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Plastic Film Recycling Pilot Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

During the Spring 2014 semester, a pilot program was launched to collect plastic film such as plastic shopping bags, pallet wrap, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, and other types of flexible, clean, dry #2 and #4 plastic films. An intern in the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) managed the project as part of his work to earn a certificate in sustainability. The intern worked with Zeus Recycling, a local vendor willing to pick up pallet loads of plastic from campus. The company provided two of their baler systems to campus for use during the pilot project.

Ten collection sites were established on campus as collection sites.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

In the 9-week period that the pilot program ran, approximately 500 pounds of plastic film was diverted from entering the landfill. Anecdotely, several campus staff/faculty have mentioned that they have become a 'collector' for their child's school or family or neighborhood, indicating that people want to do the right thing in terms of recycling this material and having an opportunity to do that are now taking advantage of the program at UWGB.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Cultural change

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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