|Submission Date||July 22, 2014|
Manager for Custodial Services
Buidings and Grounds Services
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||349 Tons||337 Tons|
|Materials composted||95 Tons||14 Tons|
|Materials reused, donated or re-sold||5 Tons||5 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||1,150 Tons||1,438 Tons|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of residential students||2,354||2,411|
|Number of residential employees||200||200|
|Number of in-patient hospital beds||0||0|
|Full-time equivalent enrollment||2,385||2,434|
|Full-time equivalent of employees||1,021||1,047|
|Full-time equivalent of distance education students||0||0|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2012||June 30, 2013|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2004||June 30, 2005|
The waste generation baseline incorporates data from July 1, 2004 to July 30, 2005 and was adopted to a baseline for all data reporting.
The College Committee on Sustainability held two food waste audits throughout the 2013-2014 year; one held in a central eating location, The Retreat, and another in Cushing dorm. Multiple bags from multiple of Recycling, Composting, and Trash bins were collected in The Retreat and indoor trash, paper recycling, and bottle recycling bags were collected in Cushing dorm. Mixing was present in both audits but strategies were developed on how contamination could be reduced.
Vassar Sustainability publicly advocates and helps organizations hosting events to run them as zero-waste. Recent zero-waste events have included campus dinners and all-campus concerts and celebrations.
The Retreat, purchases compostable plates and utensils so that a customer's entire meal can be composted.
The Vassar Greens opened the Free Store in March 2011. The Free Store is located in the Student Center and serves as a materials exchange location for students, faculty, and staff throughout the year. It accepts donations of clothing, books, office supplies and smaller furniture.
We also offer various recycling drop boxes around campus for recycling rechargeable batteries found in various electronic devices. We recycle 100-200 pounds a year through a local company out of Pennsylvania called Call2Recycle that recycles the batteries through RBRC (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation).
The Purchasing and Computing department hosts a surplus sale each October that sells surplus office furniture, supplies, and retired computers back to the campus community. The proceeds of the sale cover storage of the surplus items and provide funding for the Sustainability Committee's programming.
It is the policy of the Office of Admissions to not send out paper material (catalogs, directories etc.) for incoming and current students. Online versions of most college documents, including all student life documents, are available online. The college catalog is only available on-line. Many classroom required readings are also offered online on the Moodle site that is easily accessible to students and professors.
Vassar College supplies students with a limited allowance ($20) for printing (V-print points). It also lowers the cost of printing double-sided in comparison to single-sided printing and makes double-sided printing the default setting for campus printers. Many classes post assigned readings and materials to a Moodle page which has built in accessibility settings and allows for easy online reading.
SWAPR (Stopping Waste and Promoting Reuse) manages the reuse of discarded materials left by students during move-out. The program has been around since 2002 and routinely fills 3-4 semi-trailers with materials, and donates the rest to 16+ local charities. Student volunteers collect bedding, clothing, furniture, textbooks, and household items. The proceeds from the sellback event in the fall covers the cost of collection and storage.
Cigarette bins are located outside all dorms and most buildings to promote proper disposal of butts. Zero-waste events are promoted and clubs and organizations are supported in running sustainable events by providing access to compostable and recyclable products and proper disposal locations.
Please see the above section on Non-food waste audits.
Both audits examined food and non-food waste, with a focus on contamination rates between waste, recycling, and compost. In the audit in the Retreat, the audit of compost bins showed which items are the common source of contamination and allowed the Committee to develop new signage for the dining area. In the audit in Cushing dorm, special attention was given to food waste so as to consider whether starting a dorm composting program would be effective.
Food prep in the two central eating areas is all composted, recorded and tracked monthly.
Trayless dining has been in practice in the All Campus Dining Center for three years. Reusable baskets and compostable dishware are also used at The Retreat.
Vassar College has a reusable to-go container program at all of its dining facilities. Vassar Athletics uses reusable water bottles for athletes during games and practices. We have also worked with local vendors selling goods on campus to use compostable dishware and utensils.
We source our compostable service ware from a company called EcoWare - a local company located in the New York region that provides our compostable dishware. The All Campus Dining Center also offers free to-go dishware and mugs.
Vassar College offers a 10% discount for the use of re-useable mugs at the Retreat and Kiosk.
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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.