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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 William Nelligan
Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability
Physical Plant - Facilities
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Wesleyan's Chemical Hygiene Plan gives resources to researchers for using/recycling solvents and green chemical substitutions.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Wesleyan is a Large Quantity Generator of Hazardous Waste and is in full compliance with State and Federal regulations on the handling and disposal of hazardous waste in accordance with: http://www.epa.gov/osw/laws-regs/regs-haz.htm.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

none


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

Wesleyan uses a software program developed by UNH to inventory and identify all chemicals in the research program. Users are trained to use the system to search for chemicals that may be "borrowed" prior to purchasing fresh. CEMs also has a surplus chemical inventory page that allows recycling of unwanted or unused chemicals.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Electronic waste is collected by ITS and sorted and stored in accordance with CT Statute RCSA Section 22a-449(c)-113. Wesleyan recycles all of its e-waste as Universal Waste through an E-Stewards certified Vendor.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
9.72 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.