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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 John Arendt
Submission Date Sept. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jill Fermanich
University Safety Manager
Business & Finance
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Basic waste minimization options include:

waste stream segregation
good housekeeping
inventory control/ordering chemicals in smaller containers
material substitution
using smaller scale
modifying specific experiments


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

UW – Green Bay complies with U.S.EPA and WDNR rules for small quantity generators. Management practices are outlined in the UWGB Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide. UW – Green Bay has and continues to make efforts to minimize the production of hazardous waste. All hazardous waste is stored in a locked, limited access storage room. Hazardous waste disposal is managed under a mandatory hazardous waste contract and is currently shipped off-campus twice per year. Lithium containing batteries are collected and disposed of with UW – Green Bay’s hazardous waste shipments. All rechargeable batteries are recycled with Call2Recycle. Universal waste lamps are stored in structurally sound, closed, properly labeled containers until they are shipped with a contracted lamp recycler.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

None.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

UW – Green Bay has a chemical inventory system in place which monitors the location and amount of chemicals present on campus. When faculty need a particular chemical for class or research, they check with the laboratory management team to assess chemical availability prior to making any new purchases.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):

The e-waste recycling "Round-up" program will be run on a yearly basis. All departments and staff are notified via e-mail and flyers are posted providing the drop-off location as well as the details of what is acceptable for recycling. In the first year, Spring 2011, 15 skids of electronic waste were collecting, nearly filling a 50-foot semi trailer. The campus partnered with Fox Valley Technical College's Driving School (semi-truck driving) to transport the e-Waste to UW-Madison's SWAP program for proper recycling.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

It is now state law in Wisconsin to properly recycle e-waste through an accredited and state-certified recycling partner. The state certification program sets the criteria for becoming a state vendor of e-waste recycling services.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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.