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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 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.49 / 3.00 Cynthia Van Tassell
Manager for Custodial Services
Buidings and Grounds Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
274 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
1,392 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate, including efforts made during the previous three years:

The College Committee on Sustainability has re-designed more effective signage on bins, provided senior housing with compost bins free of charge, and publicized non-food and food waste audits, and helped teach students during Freshman Orientation week about how to properly recycle, compost, and use trash bins.


A brief description of any food donation programs employed by the institution:

Student organizations "Challah for Hunger" and "Slow Food" both support food donation programs monetarily, both outside and within the local community.


A brief description of any pre-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

The main kitchens for both of Vassar's main dining areas collect all food preparation and other pre-consumer food waste for composting. The Vassar Experimental Garden runs an on-campus composting program where students may discard compostable food and non-food waste or it may be disposed of in multiple bins located at the Senior Housing areas and dining establishments.


A brief description of any post-consumer food waste composting program employed by the institution:

Vassar College collects pre and post-consumer food waste and uses compostable disposable dishes, cups and flatware in the Retreat.


Does the institution include the following materials in its waste diversion efforts?:
Yes or No
Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers Yes
Food donations ---
Food for animals ---
Food composting Yes
Cooking oil ---
Plant materials composting Yes
Animal bedding composting ---
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs ---
Toner/ink-jet cartridges Yes
White goods (i.e. appliances) Yes
Laboratory equipment Yes
Furniture Yes
Residence hall move-in/move-out waste Yes
Scrap metal Yes
Pallets ---
Motor oil ---
Tires ---

Other materials that the institution includes in its waste diversion efforts:

Reusable batteries


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