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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
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-24: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.76 / 1.00 Bryan Corrigan
Project Manager
Buildings and Grounds Services
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
523.76 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated :
164.23 Tons

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

We have two construction contractors that are working on the current three projects in New England, Sanders, and the new science building. Both contractors have diversion policies in place that recycle cardboard, wood, ferrous metals, and concrete and other materials. Additionally, in 2013, $3280 worth of materials were recovered and recycled to Vassar faculty and community members.


We do not require the contractors to recycle and track waste. However, on a recent project (Davison House remodel, not a LEED building) we did require the general contractor to recycle as much waste as possible. They sorted and separated all debris, which was recycled by the hauler. We did not require documentation identifying the actual quantities. If the administration agrees to a LEED project we are obligated to track waste. Our contractors do use local carting companies that do recycle out of general practice. So they are sorting materials in dumpsters and the carting companies are performing their own recovery.

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