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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College & University Recycling Coalition Annual Business Meeting Membership Required

  • University of Oregon (OR)

The annual business meeting of the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is open to all conference attendees. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about what CURC has been ...

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Food Waste and Nutrition: Food Waste Auditing Combined with Vermicomposting for Applied Nutrition and Sustainability Education. Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

Many Nutrition and Dietetic graduate students end up working in field such as Nutrition Therapy and Medical Nutrition Therapy where they are in hospital and/or care settings, working as ...

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In-Room Composting at Seattle University Membership Required

  • Seattle University (WA)

Presentation will cover the the process of implementing an in-room composting system that includes all student residence rooms. It will start with the collecting pre-consumer food waste in the University ...

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Lessons Learned from Eco Move Out – Discover what works and what doesn’t Membership Required

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Five thousand students’ cycle in and out of the University of Alberta’s (UAlberta) residences every year, and the material waste created and costs associated with this cycle are large ...

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Is My Recycling Bin Full? Yep, there’s an App for that. Membership Required

  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

While technology is allowing for greater expediency and efficiency of recycling operations; one area that is in most need of a technological upgrade is our ability to know when a ...

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Getting Trashy: Measurable Pilot Projects to Identify Best Practices Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

Pilot projects targeting increased diversion rates are a direct means of engaging the community, determining best practices, and driving change through measurable results. At the University of Denver, we launched ...

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Our Story of Stuff: Sharing “waste” with a campus Free Store Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Like many large, urban universities with a residential population, the University of Louisville (UofL) has faced two major challenges at the heart of sustainability: an over-abundance of discarded, useful items ...

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Trash Talks: revealing the potential of a building’s waste stream Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

My case study will examine how a day’s waste from a single dumpster can be used to provoke art and design students into discussion and multilateral thinking about how ...

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AUN Sustainable Waste Management with Municipal Waste Reuse Membership Required

  • American University of Nigeria (Adamawa,)

The American University of Nigeria drives sustainable waste management with participatory municipal waste reuse program The Office of Sustainability at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) drives sustainable waste management ...

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Building Community Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Waste Practices Membership Required

  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)
  • Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Leon

As part of a research project run by the Sustainability department at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores Unidad León (ENES), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico, professors ...

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Standardizing building infrastructure to increase service efficiency and waste diversion Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Since 2008 the University of Washington has been implementing its MiniMax program. What started out simply as a self-service, desk-side waste and recycling collection program to raise awareness about personal ...

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Working Together To Fight Hunger and Waste Membership Required

  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Every day students are asking more of the university around them and it can be difficult for dining service providers to know how to address requests. Whether it be for ...

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Waste management and recycling at the National University of Mexico Membership Required

  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (DF)

The National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) as part of one of the world’s largest cities faces a number of problems related to the generation, management and the physical ...

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Innovation & Partnership for Landfill Waste Diversion Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Creativity, innovation, and partnership are essential for successful campus waste minimization and landfill diversion efforts. A series of collaborative efforts have recently emerged in order to work towards meeting Emory ...

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Food Composting in the Real World Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Since 2007, incremental successes have taken our campus food composting weights from 0 to 419 tons, increasing every year! The Pittsburgh region food composting initiative started with stakeholder food audits ...

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Redefining the Norms of Waste Management Through Behavioral Changes Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The UC-wide goal of Zero Waste by 2020 continues to encourage campuses to increase their waste diversion practices. At UCSB, we believe that we need to gain a better understanding ...

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Evolution of Zero Waste in a Retail Food Court Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The objective of UC Irvine’s Zero Waste Food Court Pilot Program is to expand practices from campus residential dining locations to Phoenix Food Court as a model for additional ...

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Repair Fairs: Promoting waste reduction in community involvement Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

One of the largest challenges in engaging students in sustainability is creating meaningful experiences. Encouraging students to practice reuse is particularly challenging, as it requires a personal commitment. Likewise, educating ...

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Implementing a Student-Led Move-Out Waste Program: UMass Amherst Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

For the last year, UMass Amherst has been partnering with a newly-formed nonprofit organization, The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), to launch a student-led move-out waste collection and resale program. PLAN ...

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Effects of Behavioral Signage on Dormitory Recycling Rates Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Data shows that pairing recycling and trash containers leads to higher recycling rates. However, many older buildings do not have space for more than a trash container, especially in residential ...

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Give & Go Move-Out Donation Program: Multifaceted Student Outreach Campaign Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford’s newly revamped and rebranded Give & Go Move Out donation program in R&DE Student Housing has dramatically reduced the waste stream sent to landfills at the end of ...

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Campus Waste Watching - Examining Metrics and Efficient Material Use Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

This panel discussion will focus on addressing the importance of metrics as they relate to waste management, with a specific focus on tracking, analyzing, and utilizing waste data to improve ...

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It’s hard to play the game, if you don’t know the score Membership Required

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Re-TRAC Connect (MB)

Quality data is critical to measuring performance – after all, how do you know how well you’re performing if you don’t know where you started? Universities and colleges across ...

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Students & Climate Change Intervention: Investment Office Insights Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (NY)

Focused on campuses with the intention of mobilizing student activists, late in 2012 a "divest from fossil fuel" campaign was begun. Most faith and values-driven institutional investors were attentive to ...

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Consumer-Free, Zero Waste Year Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Joseph Floyd (University of Florida) decided to live one year consumer-free and zero waste. Following the 2013 AASHE Conference, Natalia Posthill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Helen ...

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Post Consumer Composting at the University of Florida: A Partnership Between ARAMARK, WCA and the University of Florida Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • WCA (TX)

Overview: As part of its goal to be zero waste by 2015, the University of Florida developed a comprehensive organics composting solution to address almost 25% of the total campus ...

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Student Innovation and Materials Management in Portland: The CES Model Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

Many organizations are taking a more strategic approach towards managing the waste they generate. Driven by the opportunity to improve environmental and economic performance, they are prioritizing their waste stream ...

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Teaching and Learning for a Zero Waste Future Membership Required

  • DePauw University (IN)

The global materials economy is a fundamental driver of all of our most serious and urgent crises: climate change, toxic pollution, biodiversity loss, poverty, and injustice. This economic system rests ...

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Harnessing student enthusiasm through a Waste Reduction Task Force Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

Portland State University’s Waste Reduction Task Force is a student-led initiative that seeks to redefine the way PSU’s campus community looks at trash. Through partnering with strategic departments ...

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Campus Composting Membership Required

  • Southwestern University (TX)

Southwestern University students led a composting initiative in Fall 2011 which has evolved into a campus wide program which has made a significant impact on the community and University. The ...

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Order Matters: Waste Audits and Bin Configurations Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Before you can get to zero waste, you need to know what your waste stream is composed of. The best way to do this is through waste audits. This presentation ...

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Turning Trash into Cash: The USD Electronics Recycling Center Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)

As technology continues to advance, consumers continue to buy new electronics, but where can they properly dispose older electronics? The University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center serves as a ...

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Food Waste Diversion and Evolution on Campus: Preparing for the Upcoming MA Organics Waste Ban Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University Dining Services began diverting food waste in 2008. This presentation will discuss the evolution of food waste diversion on campus as well as how we are preparing for ...

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Working on Waste at the Kwantlen Student Association Membership Required

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (BC)

The Kwantlen Student Association completed a student led waste audit of our student owned and run GrassRoots Cafe and main offices in early 2014. After the waste audit we have ...

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Creating a visual identity system to improve waste diversion rates Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

Among institutions of higher education dedicated to sustainability, there is often a struggle to significantly reduce waste generated on campus and reduce contamination rates in waste diversion streams. Lehigh University ...

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Cafeteria to Community: Reducing Waste and Feeding the Hungry Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will illustrate a program that simultaneously reduces food waste from Luther College’s cafeteria while providing needed food assistance to hungry families in the surrounding community. The Cafeteria ...

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The Story of Reuse at Michigan State University Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

With so much focus on recycling, many organizations might forget the true value of reusing and redeploying products. The reuse operation at Michigan State University creates opportunity to manage cost ...

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Time is money: accounting for the true cost of a campus waste initiative Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Universities across the country are developing and implementing campus sustainability initiatives. Such initiatives may be designed to save money or reduce waste, or they may have more intangible goals related ...

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Zero waste as a supply chain challenge: the importance of partnerships Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This presentation will discuss the successes and challenges of Penn State’s initiative to move its Athletics facilities toward zero waste, and the story of how silos had to be ...

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Zero Waste Events: A Sustainable Approach to Event Planning Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

UC Berkeley established a goal to achieve zero waste by the year 2020. To achieve this goal, more materials must be diverted from the landfill through recycling and composting. In ...

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To Know Your Building, Know Your Waste: The Importance of Waste Audits Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

More and more institutions across the country are establishing Zero Waste goals. One of the problems with this is that many people don’t know what their waste is, so ...

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Zero Waste Outreach Strategies - Operational vs. Promotional Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

A new day is dawning over the coalfields of Appalachia. A region which has been at the heart of fossil fuel dependence, leading the nation in per capita carbon emissions ...

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Rock Chalk Recycle: Athletics Recycling at The University of Kansas Membership Required

  • University of Kansas (KS)

In 2013, the University of Kansas (KU) Recycling Program Launched the Rock Chalk Recycle initiative. Rock Chalk Recycle is a partnership between KU Recycling and KU Athletics that set out ...

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Rock Chalk Recycle: From 0-Zero Membership Required

  • University of Kansas (KS)

What is the first thing you think of when I say, "The University of Kansas?" Perhaps it’s the invention of basketball, the four national championships, or the 10 straight ...

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Pack & Give Back: A Sustainable Move Out Program for On and Off Campus Membership Required

  • Shane Stennes (MN)

Pack & Give Back is a household waste diversion effort at the end of each semester for students moving out of on-campus residential hosing and in neighborhoods adjacent to campus ...

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Sponsored Theater Presentation: The Wizard of Ozzi Membership Required

  • AGreenOZZI, LLC (RI)

This presentation explores a concerted effort being made to change the way people behave when it comes to the use of traditional take-out food containers. Almost without thinking, people accept ...

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College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) Zero Waste Workshop Membership Required

  • College & University Recycling Coalition (DC)

Come join your fellow recycling and sustainability colleagues at an open meeting organized by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC). CURC member and non-members are welcome to join this ...

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Throw Away Does Not Mean Go Away: Achieving Zero Waste on a Campus Scale Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

In alignment with its commitment to carbon neutrality, one university adopted a Zero Waste Policy in 2010, committing to send zero waste to landfill and incineration by 2020. This case ...

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Zero Waste: A Model for Transformational Change Membership Required

  • Aquinas College (MI)

As a part of its Climate Action Plan under the ACUPCC, Aquinas College is committed to become a zero-waste-to-landfill campus by May 2014. This is the most aggressive, publically stated ...

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Transitioning to Zero Waste Hockey: A Student Run Pilot Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

Last year students at the University of Denver in partnership with Ritchie Center Athletics led the charge to institute zero waste hockey games at the University of Denver. This grassroots ...

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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.

Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
Business Supporter

Busch Systems

Barrie, ON
Business Affiliate

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.

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.