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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-23: Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.05 / 3.00 Steve Heinitz
Recycling Manager
Physical Plant
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Materials diverted from the solid waste landfill or incinerator:
1,562 Tons

Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator :
2,905.84 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:

VCU has implemented a Single Stream Recycling Program in all buildings on and off campus. VCU promotes recycling through special events such as: America Recycles Day, November 15th each year, RecycleMania 8-week event from the end of January the end of March. Earth Day, April, 22nd, (Earth Week at VCU). Recycling posters and bins are placed in the Residence Halls. Recycling Guidelines are distributed to Faculty and Staff offices.


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

ARAMARK donates prior to major academic breaks and at the end of every semester as well as ~ 500 pounds each semester as part of a student waste education initiative.


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

VCU is not composting any pre-consumer food waste at this time.


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

VCU is not composting any post-consumer food waste at this time.


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 No
Food for animals No
Food composting No
Cooking oil Yes
Plant materials composting No
Animal bedding composting No
Batteries Yes
Light bulbs Yes
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 Yes
Motor oil Yes
Tires Yes

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