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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A New Way to Turn Trash Into Cash - The University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Winner of the 2014 Best Case Study from a Four-Year or Graduate Institution with 10,000 or Fewer Full-Time Students, the University of San Diego Electronics Recycling Center (USD ERC ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Food Recycling/Repurposing Program on a Large Campus in the Southeast (SEC) Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

At most universities food service operations abide by rules relating to shelf life. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), the Food Recovery Network, and the Dining Service Company, Aramark ...

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Developing a Model for a Residential Curbside Organics Collection System in Charleston, SC using the Business Model Canvas Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The Business Model Canvas (BMC) is a brainstorming and innovation tool used by businesses to map and design many different business models and ideas. While initially developed as a tool ...

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E-Waste and a Smart(er) Triple Bottom Line: Campus Electronic Waste Management, Natural Security User Challenges & Social Media Opportunities Membership Required

  • Maryville College (TN)

Mobile 'smart' phone electronic (E) waste remains among the fastest growing waste streams in the United States and the world. North American Colleges and Universities need to refocus their campus-wide ...

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Closed-Loop 3D Printing Membership Required

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL)

For my AASHE art installation I will screen an instructional video which describes the process of creating a sculpture using recycled 3D printing filament. The film will demonstrate preparing, shredding ...

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New Play Development Utilizing Digital Paper Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

In professional MFA Playwriting programs across the country, tens of thousands of pages of paper are printed and discarded each week. Developing writers need to hear their scripts read aloud ...

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All About No Waste: Using Pop Culture to Engage Students in Sustainability Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Each year, Stanford University competes against hundreds of universities in RecycleMania, a national competition to increase recycling and composting and reduce waste on campus. Headed into the ninth year of ...

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UC Berkeley Plastic Disclosure Project Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) at UC Berkeley discloses the campus' plastic footprint, making it the first University to publicly reveal this information. The objectives of PDP is to measure ...

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Cultivating a Zero Waste Culture on Campus Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In 2014, UC Berkeley was at 48% waste diversion, well behind the UC wide goal of Zero Waste by 2020. We are just coming to the tipping point where we ...

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Integrating Composting and Recycling in University of California Berkeley Residence Halls Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Achieving Zero Waste at any college campus is riddled with obstacles and push back. The campus residence halls offer a huge opportunity to capitalize on reducing campus generated waste and ...

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Waste Minimization Pilot Projects at the University of Denver Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

In this case study, I will go over the successes and failures of student run pilot projects. As a student, I have experienced what is needed to make a pilot ...

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Growing a Successful RecycleMania Campaign Membership Required

  • University of Iowa (IA)

RecycleMania has grown at the University of Iowa from a quiet program in 2013 and a 5th place finish in the Big Ten to a well-known time of the year ...

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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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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

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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.

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.