|Submission Date||Dec. 1, 2016|
|3.81 / 8.00||
Finance and Administration
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Materials recycled||286.51 Tons||211.72 Tons|
|Materials composted||120.72 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials donated or re-sold||25.36 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed through post-recycling residual conversion||0.25 Tons||0 Tons|
|Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator||608.95 Tons||980.68 Tons|
|Total waste generated||1,041.79 Tons||1,192.40 Tons|
Used cooking oil is collected by a company to be refined into biodiesel blends. We sell nearly all of our corrugated cardboard to a company that recycles it directly. Electronic waste goes to an e-stewards certified vendor.
|Start Date||End Date|
|Performance Year||July 1, 2015||June 30, 2016|
|Baseline Year||July 1, 2007||June 30, 2008|
The baseline was adopted to align with Wesleyan's adoption of the Second Nature Carbon Commitment.
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Number of students resident on-site||2,921||2,917|
|Number of employees resident on-site||45||59|
|Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds||0||0|
|Total full-time equivalent student enrollment||3,574||2,917|
|Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty)||1,023||999|
|Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education||0||0|
|Weighted campus users||4,189.25||3,681|
|Performance Year||Baseline Year|
|Total waste generated per weighted campus user||0.25 Tons||0.32 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|
CDs, DVDs, floppy discs, cell phones, electronics, clothing, shoes, string lights, fluorescent bulbs, furniture, electronics, woodchips
Newly renovated bins have solid lids for trash and recycling so that people have to look at the sign and lift a lid instead of disposing without thinking. Outdoor bins have largely been replaced with Big Belly units with clear labeling and shaped holes for recycling. Recycling and trash bins are always in pairs.
That said, many locations' recycling bins still have open lids or improperly-shaped holes on lids.
Students and employees receive regular recycling education through orientations and signage. The annual Zero Waste Challenge challenges student and employee participants to store all trash in a quart-sized bag over the course of a week, with a focus on paying attention to what individuals throw away and find ways to reduce waste. The Eco Facilitators are developing a recycling quiz to test and expand student knowledge about recycling.
Audits happen periodically to monitor contamination on campus. Audits are done twice a year in dining halls by student interns and volunteers and happen on an ad hoc basis for dorms and academic buildings.
For dining halls, the total weight of food waste and total number of people eating is always calculated to be able to compare year-to-year. In addition, there is always a specific focus, such as average volume of waste on each plate, dining station sources of waste, etc.
For other buildings, we have studied both recycling and trash streams. We've found that recycling is significantly less contaminated than trash is with recyclable items (and people typically are confused by the same items, which we're addressing through education). Through audits, we assessed the approximate percentage of the waste stream that paper towels account for and subsequently removed paper towels from all student residences (with the exception of a guest restroom in each dorm).
We have negotiated with WB Mason to deliver office supplies whenever possible in reusable plastic totes instead of cardboard boxes. The Purchasing Office continually advocates for bulk purchasing and combining the purchases of multiple offices to cut costs and reduce packaging. The on-campus convenience store allows students to purchase in bulk.
Wesleyan coordinates with departments to reuse office furniture, including desks, chairs, and file cabinets. Several years ago, the former room for surplus supplies was cleaned out and donated to IRN.
Wesleyan Freecycle is a listserv where anyone in the Wesleyan campus community can offer things they don't need or request things they are looking for. Individuals can exchange work-related items (office supplies, furniture, etc.) or personal items (clothing, electronics, children's things, etc.) The only requirement is that everything has to be free. In FY 16, the trade success rate was above 60% and trades grew 372% over the previous year.
Students are charged for all printing at Wesleyan. Information Technology Services (ITS) is in the process of switching to a new card swipe system that will allow students to release a job from any printer by swiping their ID. This will reduce waste from abandoned print jobs in the library and computer labs.
In FY 17, ITS plans to create two separate printers on the lab/classroom computers for black/white and color printing to reduce the number of black/white jobs that end up printed with color toner.
Wesleyan no longer prints any campus directories for distribution. Admission prints and keeps one student directory in its lobby.
The 2016-17 school year is the last year that course catalogs will be printed. Over the past several years, printing has decreased significantly through reduction of the number of pages in the catalogs and through significantly decreased printing of catalogs. Catalogs were previously printed for all students; they are now only printed for faculty members, academic administrative assistants, for on-hand copies with the Registrar, and to give to visitors in the Admissions Office. The registrar has made WesMaps, Wesleyan's course catalog, available online for several years. Admission references WesMaps to anyone who may ask for an electronic version, but notes that parents tend to prefer a hard copy. Admission does not mail any course catalogs.
Printing of course schedules is at the discretion of professors. Admission keeps copies of course schedules in its lobby for students who plan to visit a class.
Student Activities now sends out only postcards for new student orientation, which provide a link to the orientation website, rather than sending out a full orientation booklet to each student. The postcard notes that this change has been made to be more sustainable.
Waste Not is a collection and resale event organized by the Sustainability Interns every school year. In May, students donate reusable items to Waste Not. Clothing, food, cleaning supplies, and books are donated immediately, while furniture, kitchen supplies, lamps, and other larger reusable items are stored over the summer. When students return to campus in the fall, Waste Not holds a tag sale for students to purchase what they need for their dorms and houses. Since its inception in 2009, Waste Not has raised $25,000 for local charities and environmentally-based projects, remained financially self-sufficient, and has diverted hundreds of tons of waste from the incinerator.
Campus is now single-stream, but many locations have not had secondary recycling bins removed from the days of dual stream.
Cooking oil data is from 2015, the most recent year for which there is data.
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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.