Waste

Introduction

Waste reduction mitigates the need to extract virgin materials from the earth, such as trees and metals. Reducing the generation of waste reduces the flow of waste to incinerators and landfills which produce greenhouse gas emissions, can contaminate air and groundwater supplies, and tend to have disproportionate negative impacts on low-income communities. Source reduction and waste diversion also save institutions costly landfill and hauling service fees. In addition, waste reduction campaigns can engage the entire campus community in contributing to a tangible sustainability goal.

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Bridging the Digital Divide Through E-Waste Diversion And Electronic Resources Management

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how a university can implement a life-cycle management approach to electronic waste that is financially sustainable and that works to bridge the ...

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Changing the Game: Moving Your Institution to a Zero-Waste Paradigm

  • University of Calgary (AB)

How do you go from one-off projects to a transformational shift in the way your campus manages waste? Introduce a Zero Waste paradigm-shift on your campus by bringing cross-departmental teams ...

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Campus Compost Initative

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Correct post-consumer waste placement is often overlooked in many sustainable, waste diversion efforts undertaken by Universities. It is usually harder to collect because it is up to the person throwing ...

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The Roadmap to Increased Waste Diversion

  • Waste Management (TX)

In order to drive and support sustainability goals on campus and to specifically increase waste diversion, Waste Management has worked with many university partners to both drive and assess campus ...

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Campus Citizenship Behavior: A Motivational Analysis for Change

  • Chatham University (PA)

All intentional behavior is a function of motivational forces within the individual to engage in certain actions while forgoing other actions. Classic theories of motivation such as expectancy theory, equity ...

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Toward Zero Waste: An Initiative for the Student Union

  • Boston University (MA)

Campus dining is an intimate part of student life at any university, with the potential to have a major impact on culture. Learn how Dining Services can align with the ...

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Striving and Planning for Zero Waste

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Many universities are now striving to become 'Zero Waste' campuses, where all materials are diverted away from a landfill or incinerator through recycling and composting efforts. This lofty, but important ...

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Institutionalized post-consumer composting

  • Harvard University (MA)

This session briefing will present a case study on the development of post-consumer composting initiatives at one of our Graduate Schools. The project involved two key areas 1) Development and ...

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Institutionalizing Zero Waste

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Once organizations (student clubs, departments/schools, campuses, etc.) begin experimenting with Zero Waste ("ZW"") efforts, additional leaders pick them up and want to incorporate such experiences and benefits into their ...

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Developing partnerships to reach campus sustainability goals: ASU's Collaboration with UPS

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • UPS (GA)

Leading universities are looking closely at their campuses environmental impact, and finding novel ways to reduce carbon emissions and waste. ASU has four specific sustainability goals including Carbon Neutrality, Zero ...

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Community Partnerships for a University-based Renewable Energy Biodigester

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

The university is operating the first commercial-scale dry anaerobic biodigester in the western hemisphere. The facility will provide the equivalent of up to 10% of campus electricity and heat, and ...

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Improving Recycling with an Existing 83% Diversion Rate: Solving Iowa State University's Recycling Enigma

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Recycling opportunities are a challenge for a university that collectively diverts 83% of its campus waste by partnering with a city refuse-derived fuel system. As a result, current campus wide ...

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Owning Your Recycling Infrastructure: How to Understand It, Manage It, & Improve It

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

At many institutions large and small it is difficult to understand, manage, and improve your recycling infrastructure. It is especially difficult, if you entered the picture after it already started ...

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How Green is Your Move-In? Maximizing Your Opportunities During Student Move-In Operations

  • Baylor University (TX)

Move-In operations for colleges and universities offer a unique opportunity to immediately engage the student, faculty, and staff communities in sustainable practices. Uniting a diverse set of on-campus groups with ...

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The Bearathon: Striving to be America's greenest student-run half marathon

  • Baylor University (TX)

The Bearathon is a student-led half-marathon and 5k held every spring semester and serves as the Student Foundation's main fund raising event. Over the course of the last two ...

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On-Campus Food Scraps Composting: Sustainability in Practice

  • Kean University (NJ)

It has been suggested that "harvesting food waste as a reusable resource is the next frontier in recycling."" This presentation will highlight the steps involved in creating a highly successful ...

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Beyond Paper and Plastic: A New National Trend in Textile Recycling on College Campuses

  • West Virginia University (WV)

On average, Americans dispose about 68 pounds of clothing per person per year. Annually, this represents 4% of solid waste generated in the United States and trending upward. Today, new ...

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Paper Steps on Campus - 9 Steps to Protecting the Climate and Reducing Waste through Campus Paper Policies

  • Environmental Paper Network (ID)

Paper is changing the climate. Paper's impact is one of our planet's most significant environmental challenges. The industry uses vast amounts of fossil fuels and chemicals, prevents forests ...

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Hoosier to Hoosier: Reducing Student Move-out Waste with the City

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Student move-out is one of the busiest times of year, and students at Indiana University find themselves pressed for time with an apartment full of items they no longer need ...

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The Cost of Printing vs. iPads: A Paperless Student Union at University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

As touchscreen technologies continue to advance in functionality and decrease in cost, more organizations will need to carefully examine their ability to replace paper use with such devices. A group ...

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The Campus Re-use store: What's Old is New Again!

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The campus re-use store opened in spring, 2011 to huge popular acclaim and participation by the student body. Conceived, organized and implemented by students with the support, guidance and advice ...

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Moving Beyond the Hole: From Waste Stream to Resource Stream

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • GreenerU (MA)
  • Waste Management (TX)

Solid waste management on campuses has gone from containers on the curb hauled to a hole in the ground, to iterations of recycling, to the once previously unfathomable and now ...

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How to close the loop for your campus' surplus books

  • Better World Books (GA)

Almost every campus has paper recycling but many still do not consider books in this process. With the variety of difficult considerations to be made, books do not seem to ...

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A Feasibility Study of Bio-Gas Digesters and Composting Systems for A University Campus

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Our research examines the feasibility of building and operating a biogas digestion unit for Carnegie Mellon University as a way to compost organic waste, offset energy use, and output a ...

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Collaboration, Partnership, and Community - Development and Implementation of Waste Focus Team

  • Cornell University (NY)

Proposed briefing is to discuss the Waste Focus Team; part of the Focus Team initiative developed at our university in response to the institution's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan which calls ...

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From Policies to Practice: Moving Departments to the Digital Realm.

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

In academic environments, unnecessary paper use has significant environmental and economic impacts. With advances in technology, there are growing opportunities for reducing printing in the future. Existing paper documentation, however ...

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Industrial Scale Composting at James Madison University

  • James Madison University (VA)

This project aims to provide James Madison University (JMU) with a sustainable means of recycling food waste generated at the dining facilities on-campus. To this end, an aerobic composting reactor ...

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College and University Recycling Coalition Workshop

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

The College and University Recycling Coalition is hosting a half day interactive workshop on collegiate recycling topics.

The presentations will be followed by facilitated small group discussions lead by collegiate ...

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Zero Waste at Macalester College

  • Macalester College (MN)

To fulfill Macalester College's Zero Waste by 2020 goal, Macalester College has completed a waste sort, developed a work plan for the college, as well as developed a vermiculture ...

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Do Posters Really Matter?

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Effect of Signage on Recycling At Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri S&T's recycling program has been in place for many years. A recent campus wide waste audit ...

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Who's Responsible for My Waste - Part II

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Effects of Changing Behavior

At Missouri University of Science & Technology

Responsible Waste Management

Changing behavior requires a change of attitude. A change of attitude comes from heightened awareness and ...

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The importance of food waste recycling on campus

  • North American Trading House, LLC (NY)

Greening campuses through energy saving, implementing water efficiency and recycling is having a positive impact on our environment. When greening a campus there is one area that is regularly overlooked ...

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Waste: the Cornerstone of the Environmental Movement

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

My presentation will discuss why waste must be the first problem in universities and cities to combat before other campaigns can be successfully complete. Waste is at the foundation of ...

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Developing a Comprehensive Recycling and Waste Reduction Program: A Multi-Campus District-Wide Approach

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Portland Community College has been involved in recycling and waste reduction efforts for over a decade. The College serves over 83,000 students per year and spans over a wide ...

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Evaluating Your University's Waste and Recycling Billing Rates

  • CHA (NY)

Today, universities are grappling with how to fund ever expanding and much sought after recycling programs. As university waste management programs grow to include larger volumes and additional types of ...

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Revamping Your University Waste and Recycling Program

  • RRS (MI)

Creating sustainable waste and recycling operations throughout large universities is a daunting task as you deal with a variety of audiences and system users. This task can be especially challenging ...

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Trashformation: Creating Sustainable, Collaborative Campus Communities Through Interactive Art and Education

  • RuckusRoots, Inc. (CA)

This presentation describes an innovative co-curricular event that engages students in a collaborative, creative process focused on sustainability. Trashformation is an interactive and educational art experience in which students collaborate ...

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Adopting the "Swamp": Creating a Sense of Ownership through a Litter Prevention and Maintenance Program

  • University of Florida (FL)

The University of Florida campus provides a beautiful collegiate atmosphere for students, staff and faculty to study and learn. Amidst the over 900 buildings housed on campus are numerous ecologically ...

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The Resource Recovery Pilot: A Recycling Rehab

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Although the recycling rates have been slowly increasing over the past few years, we are not satisfied with the current rate and began to look for new ways to jump-start ...

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Does Your Campus Recycling Program Need Recharging?

  • University of Missouri (MO)

According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, universities throughout the country have expanded their recycling efforts contributing to an 11.5 percent decrease in overall ...

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Football Gamedays: Maximizing recycling and awareness

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The University of Notre Dame Gameday Recycling program is in its fifth season and has met with substantial success as well as many challenges. Each year various strategies have been ...

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Successful Composting-University of Tennessee-A Collaborative Compost Partnership-ARAMARK Volunteer Dining

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The food service industry produces large amounts of food during daily production. Although food service businesses strive to create minimal amounts of waste, items such as lemon peels, apple cores ...

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Can UCompost?: Research and development of a residential composting program for college campuses

  • Ursinus College (PA)

Food waste can be a significant component of the waste stream at colleges and universities and could entirely avoid disposal in landfills with proper composting systems in place. Several colleges ...

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Move Out: Creation of a campus-wide infrastructure designed to curb waste through reuse and responsible processing

  • Ursinus College (PA)

Effective waste reduction and management are primary challenges towards achieving sustainability. Colleges and universities across the country grapple with such issues at the end of each academic year, as large ...

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EcoMug™ History and Continued Program Evaluation

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The EcoMug™ program began in 2009. It is, as far as we know, an unprecedented waste reduction initiative. During the first few weeks of school, each incoming student is given ...

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The Zero Waste Campus

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

Whether it is a single-stream or multipart recycling system, the staple environmental achievement for a post-secondary institution is typically its tailored recycling program. The success of a waste diversion program ...

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Utilizing a Community Partnership to Distribute Mattresses in the Community

  • Elon University (NC)

With hundreds of lightly used mattresses to remove from campus, the university took the opportunity to partner with a community non-profit organization to keep them out of the landfill and ...

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Campus Sustainability as a Driver of Social Justice

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Rio Salado College (AZ)
  • University of Wyoming (WY)
  • Better World Books (GA)

Oftentimes, we think of our sustainability efforts independent of social justice.

This panel will discuss innovative ideas for combining recycling while funding social justice initiatives. The panelists, representing both private ...

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The impact of "No Impact Week" in ENVS 101

  • Denison University (OH)

The syllabus for ENVS 101 (People and the Environment) at Denison University typically involves the examination of issues like climate change, food security, impacts of agriculture, water quality and scarcity ...

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Protecting the Climate and Reducing Waste through Campus Paper Policies

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

The RePaper Project, a project of the Environmental Paper Network, recently

released a new resource that complements the theme of conference. "Paper

Steps on Campus: Nine Steps to Protecting the ...

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Waste Partners

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

Busch Systems

Barrie, ON
Business Supporter

Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
Business Supporter

CleanRiver Recycling Solutions

Aurora, ON
Business Affiliate
We design and manufacture containers to specifically suit your needs and then help you implement facility-wide programs that achieve your waste diversion goals and generate recycling program ROI.

Landmark Studio & Design

Muskego, WI
Business Affiliate

LRP Recycling

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

Max-R

Sussex, WI
Business Affiliate
Max-R is the innovator of the customized waste and recycling bin.

Post Landfill Action Network

Dover, NH
Business Affiliate
The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. We inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste on their campus.

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
Business Affiliate
RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that possess core strengths in recovery, organics and collaborative action development serving both public and private sectors.

Textbooks for Change

Toronto, ON
Business Affiliate
Textbooks for Change sustainably provides educational material to those both locally and abroad.

The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.