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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 52.49
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Utah State University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Eric Jorgensen
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

The university aggressively promotes waste minimization through inventory control that minimizes the over purchasing or redundant purchasing of chemicals.


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

The Environmental Health and Safety Office at Utah State University generates, stores, transports and disposes of all regulated waste in strict accordance with chapter 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations.


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

There have been no significant incidents.


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

Each laboratory is required to maintain an inventory of all chemicals on-site.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish 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?:
No

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

The university takes used computers from departments on campus. Surplus sells electronics with reuse value, and other electronics collected for recycling. The university's e-waste recycler, Metech, is E-Stewards certified, which requires recyclers to adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
11.90 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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