|Submission Date||Dec. 13, 2017|
|2.72 / 8.00||
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||18.63 Tons||4.44 Tons|
|Materials composted||22.93 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials donated or re-sold||0.50 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion||0 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||81.21 Tons||66.03 Tons|
|Total waste generated||123.27 Tons||70.47 Tons|
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2016||June 1, 2017|
|Baseline Year||Dec. 31, 2015||Dec. 31, 2014|
2014 was the year in which phased in our comprehensive recycling program on campus; until then, we did not have a waste separation areas in all campus buildings nor did we have a commingled recycling roll-off until which we could deposit recyclables for separate hauling. Our waste hauler provided us with a 3-ton recycling credit early in 2014, but it is not clear how that figure was derived as it was not based upon actual collected weight of recyclables.
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of students resident on-site||480||495|
|Number of employees resident on-site||4||1|
|Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds||0||0|
|Total full-time equivalent student enrollment||510||525|
|Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)||171||175|
|Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education||0||0|
|Weighted campus users||631.75||649|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Total waste generated per weighted campus user||0.20 Tons||0.11 Tons|
|Yes or No|
|Paper, plastics, glass, metals, and other recyclable containers||Yes|
|White goods (i.e. appliances)||Yes|
|Residence hall move-in/move-out waste||Yes|
|Other (please specify below)||Yes|
Our Trash-2-Treaure move-out collections have collected excess clothing, school supplies, books, room furnishings, craft items, etc. We maintain two reuse areas on campus for these collected items: the Bargain Basement for some clothing, costumes, room furnishings, household items, crafts, etc.; and the RUMPUS Room for office and school supplies.
We provide extensive instructional signage about proper recycling at each centralized recycling waste station in building common areas. We also provide instructional signage to all office holders and residence hall room occupants on proper recycling.
We annually participate in RecycleMania to encourage increased recycling. We also provide compostable serviceware for key college events and special signage and instructions on proper separation of organics from recyclable items from trash. Proper recycling practices are included in our Green Office Challenge.
We have conducted several "trash sorts" to gauge the success of our recycling efforts. One was a public demonstration on the campus quad titled "Away", in which all the collected trash and recycling from the residence halls over a weekend was piled in one location. Clear trash bags and blue recycling bags were opened, sorted and separated, visually demonstrating the amount of "mis-cycling" happening. The second trash sort was a collection of one morning's trash/recycling pickup from office areas; the Introduction to Sustainability class conducted this sort in full view of passersby.
Our office supplies contract with Staples has a $50 minimum order limit, which encourages bulk packaging; Staples itself has corporate packaging minimization protocols. We purchase office papers in one bulk shipment and recycle all packaging. Information Technology works with its suppliers to bundle computer equipment purchases to reduce packaging waste; several of the manufacturers have take-back packaging programs including Toshiba, which takes back and recycles printer toner cartridges.
We maintain two reuse programs: the Bargain Basement is a reuse area, open to all members of the campus community, in which excess items (clothing, housewares, room furnishings, costumes, arts & crafts, trade books) can be placed for free exchange. The Bargain Basement is accessible 24/7.
The RUMPUS Room (ReUsable Materials, Paraphernalia, and Utilitarian Supplies) is a free exchange closet for office supplies. RUMPUS Room is accessible 24/7.
IT places still-usable monitors, keyboards and mice in the Bargain Basement reuse area for members of the community to access. (CPUs and laptops are sent for e-waste recycling). The Bargain Basement reuse area offers free access 24/7 to clothing, costumes, housewares, room furnishings, personal care items, craft supplies, some books and media. The RUMPUS Room provides 24/7 access to excess office and school supplies.
Students utilize the PaperCut system to print out documents; they have a set allotment of copies they can make; once that allotment is exceeded, they are charged. All networked printers have a duplex function to reduce the amount of printed paper.
Most departmental forms are available online through the GLOBE intranet - many are fill-in-able PDFs that can be emailed when completed. The multifunction printers on campus have full scanning and email features, so FAXes can be sent and received as email attachments. Moodle, a courseware platform, is used by many faculty to house course syllabi and other course materials, including readings and assignments. Student work created electronically can be uploaded to Moodle for grading instead of requiring submission of hard copy papers.
In 2015, Wells conducted its first Trash2Treasure move-out collection, diverting at least 2/3s of a ton of textiles (clothing/bedding) and other reusable materials from landfill trash. Most items were donated to local reuse entities (King Ferry food pantry, thrift store, Finger Lakes ReUse). We re-ran the move-out collection during December, to divert additional material from students graduating early or studying abroad in the spring semester. We did not employ any mechanisms to actually capture weights of the diverted material; we will resolve that issue in spring 2016.
The Center for Sustainability director approached the Communications department about two modifications to campus letterhead papers and envelopes. In past, all departments and programs ordered custom-printed letterhead with their respective name and location; when that custom imprint information changed in any way, that letterhead stock became unusable. The Center proposed that, except for high-profile departments requiring imprinted letterhead (Advancement and the Office of the President), all other departments and programs utilize generic letterhead stock (also saving on the custom imprint costs!) and include their department information in the body of the document overprinted onto the letterhead. In addition, the Center director noted that the letterhead standard featured left and right margins at 1.5"; she recommended moving those margins out to 1" left/right, offering substantially more "white space" on each page for document text - this practice hopefully eliminated the need for a number of second pages. The new letterhead being purchased features those reduced margins.
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