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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
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.10 / 5.00 Laurie Case
Sustainability & Strategic Planning Coordinator
Chancellor's Office
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 403.10 Tons 173.60 Tons
Materials composted 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 707 Tons 927.87 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,003 1,939
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 5,342 5,453
Full-time equivalent of employees 713 720
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1,271 1,032

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2011 June 30, 2012
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

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

The baseline adopted reflects our fiscal year and academic year.


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

UW - Green Bay is an active participant in the Surplus With A Purpose (SWAP) Prgoram. This program is run by the Business Services-Purchasing department within the UW - Madison. It is a multi-faceted surplus property disposal operation that serves all University of Wisconsin - Madison departments, UW State schools, Municipalities, and State of Wisconsin agencies. SWAP finds new homes for equipment and furniture by redistributing it to other departments, selling it to the public, or selling or donating the equipment to non-profit agencies.


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

UW – Green Bay does not print course catalogs, course schedules or directories. Course catalogs are available online at http://www.uwgb.edu/catalog/; course schedules are available at http://sis.uwgb.edu/schedule/; and, the campus directory is available at http://sis.uwgb.edu/DirectorySearch/index.asp .


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

UW-Green Bay students receive a credit of $7 for printing on their University ID for the academic year. This is paid for by the student technology fee. Black and white laser printing cost $.07 per page, color laser printing cost $.30 per page, and tabloid color printing costs $.60 per page. If students use up their allocated funds, they can add funds at their own expense to their Pay-for-Print account.


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

UW – Green Bay works with several local charities during move-out to collect unused, unopened food items for a local food pantry as well as with a resale store which collects furniture and other reusable items. For move-out in Spring 2013, campus is parterning with Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin on a materials drive. All students will receive a bag from Goodwill to collect items while they are packing up and dedicated drop off sites will be used for collections.


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

A robust recycling program exists including the adoption of plastic film recycling in Spring 2014. This includes pallet wrap, plastic shopping bags, and other types of flexible plastic films that are #2 or #4. Over 500 lbs were collected in approximately 12 weeks during the trial period for this new recycling program.


A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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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:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

UW-Green Bay has become a 'Campus Kitchens' member in Spring 2014 and through this program donates prepared but not sold food items from the cafeterias to food programs in the area.


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):

Eco-clamshells are available and can be purchased for $6 and the main food service areas. The customer can bring the dirty container back in for washing, and exchange it with a clean reusable to-go container.No muss, no fuss, no single use plastic in the wastestream.


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):
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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:

Reusable mugs are available for purchase at food vending locations. A 25% discount is given to individuals using these mugs to purchase refills at our coffee house.


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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We do actively reuse and donate materials to various charitable agencies across the area, but have no mechanism in place to track weights of this type of action.

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.