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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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

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (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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Getting to Zero Waste: Waste Audits Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Waste Audit Team has created a protocol for all waste audits at UC Berkeley. Up until this point, groups have been conducting audits using different methods, making it so ...

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Food Waste Composting at the University of Virginia Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The University of Virginia and University of Virginia Dining (ARAMARK) actively collaborate on organic waste reduction strategies and methods. In 2008, U.Va. and University Dining Services instituted a partnership ...

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Closing the Loop on Waste: How Student Waste Becomes a Community Resource Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

At the end of every school year, students leave unwanted goods behind…literally tons of it. Faced with the question of how to handle this wanton waste, Appalachian State University ...

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Engaging Students in an Integrated Solid Waste Management Program at a Higher Education Institution Membership Required

  • Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C. (DF)

An approach to engage engineering students in environmental activities dealing with Solid Waste Management is presented. A series of activities have been developed, including students from different courses and engineering ...

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Give and Go: Best Practice Lessons for Move Out Collections Membership Required

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

This presentation will brief conference attendees on the results of the “Give and Go: Move Out 2013” collection program taking place on five college campuses in May 2013. Produced through ...

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Building A Campus Recycling Program: Constantly Evolving, Dealing With Changes, & Sparking An Entire Campus To Think Sustainably Membership Required

  • LIU Post (NY)

In 2006, thanks to the efforts of a small group of passionate students, LIU Post began its journey into the realm of recycling. At that time, they identified a serious ...

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Implementation of New Programs to Step Toward the Appalachian Zero Waste Commitment Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University has committed to becoming a zero waste campus with a goal of 90% diversion by 2022. Through thoughtful purchasing decisions, reducing consumption and increasing recycling/composting we ...

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Cross-Institution Collaboration: Composting Pre-and-Post Consumer Food Scraps In An Urban Environment Membership Required

  • Dominican University (IL)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

According to a 2011 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, the average American wastes over 200 pounds of food ...

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Adopting Real Collegiate Zero Waste Principles: Change Management's Finest Hour Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Zero waste represents a new means of elevating sustainability operations and student leadership at colleges and universities.

However, the term "zero waste" is often misunderstood and increasingly used without clear ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Post-Consumer Composting Program for a Large Campus Community Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

At most universities food service operations generate a substantial amount of waste.

At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), the university recycling program, UT Recycling, and the Dining Service Company ...

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Paper Sourcing: Easy Wins on Campus, Huge Impacts in the Forest Membership Required

  • Forest Stewardship Council (MN)
  • World Wildlife Fund (DC)

Overall paper consumption globally is on the rise. In the US alone we consume 500 lbs. of paper per capita, which is more than any other country. 40% of the ...

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Campus Food Waste Management: Developing a Comprehensive Food Waste Management System for Green Campus Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Food waste is one of the most challenging components in the waste stream. Americans refuse 25% of all the food they prepare each year, leading to 33 million tons of ...

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Pulp Up the Volume: Maximizing Waste Diversion and Student Empowerment Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In the fall of 2012, the College of Charleston began composting with the use a pulper in the dining hall City Bistro. (This machine utilizes a recycled stream of water ...

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Optimizing and Designing Waste Diversion Programs Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Typical universities waste streams – often including residential, classroom and office spaces – are varied and require multifaceted protocols to optimize the handling and diversion of materials from landfills. This briefing will ...

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Turning Trash into Cash: The USD E-Waste Collection Center Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)

Electronic waste is the largest growing municipal waste stream in the United States. As technology continues to advance, consumers continue to buy new electronics, but where can they properly dispose ...

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Make the Most of Recycling: Move It Out of the Recycling Department Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Arizona State University Mail Services has created a recycling collection channel that is designed to promote and enhance the recycling efforts on campus. What started as a process designed to ...

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Identifying Environmental Literature that Provides the Philosophical Basis of Recycling Membership Required

  • Brigham Young University (UT)

A keen observer of how ordinary events illuminate sustainable behavior Aldo Leopold wrote “I have read many definitions of what is a conservationist and written not a few myself, but ...

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What Does Library And Technology Services (LTS) Have To Do With Sustainability? How LTS Is Adapting To The Campus Sustainability Plan. Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

In Fall 2012, Lehigh University adopted its first comprehensive Campus Sustainability Plan. In response to the plan, the Library and Technology Services stem created the LTS Green Team. The LTS ...

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Leaders for the Environment, Art, and Design (LEAD): Educating Students About Impacts and Issues of Fashion, Art, and Design Membership Required

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

For the past three years, students at Santa Clara University have hosted an Eco-Fashion Show and a “Swap for Good” clothing exchange, engaging students about the social, economic, and environmental ...

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Greeks Think Green Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In August 2012, the University of Arizona’s (UA) Students for Sustainability (SfS) developed an initiative to educate UA Greek Life in becoming more sustainable. Greek Life is the largest ...

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Greening the Game: Football and Beyond Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2011, University of Arizona’s (UA) Students for Sustainability (SFS) saw an opportunity to bring together an entire community to embrace sustainability. Tens of thousands of fans populate the ...

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Love Food Hate Waste: A Case Study on Engaging Students and equiping them with life long learning skills Membership Required

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)

The global food system is under pressure from exploding population growth and food waste is a major issue throughout the world. We throw away millions of tonnes of food and ...

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An In-depth Analysis of Waste Trends and Reuse Potential in Dining Facilities Membership Required

  • West Virginia University (WV)

In the United States, less than three percent of the 34 million tons of food waste generated was recovered or recycled in 2010. This represents the single largest component of ...

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Waste and Access: Communicating about sustainability between universities in developed and developing countries Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)

Sustainability initiatives in the United States are largely focused on reducing waste in terms of materials, water, energy, fuel, and even time and money. In less economically developed countries, however ...

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Greening the Team: Enhancing the Sustainability of Collegiate Athletic Facilities Membership Required

  • University of Southern California (CA)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Athletic facilities are often the centerpieces of higher education campuses, where people come together and school spirit is built. They are also venues offering vast opportunities for positive impact on ...

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Zero Waste Stadiums: Don't Be Scared (Or Maybe A Little) Membership Required

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Join us for an interactive session on Zero Waste sports venues. A zero waste stadium is commonly defined as one that achieves or seeks to achieve 90% diversion rate or ...

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Feed The Beast: Organic Waste Collection in a Campus Food Court Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

To gauge the feasibility of organic waste separation in a public setting, we studied the effect of introducing new waste receptacles into a student union food court. The public education ...

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A Collaborative Approach: Community Waste Management at Carleton College Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)

Successful waste management should engage and involve the entire campus community. Through the Community Waste Program, we collaboratively sought to provide composting in academic and administrative campus buildings, reduce the ...

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Determining the GHG Emissions from Composting at The University of Arizona Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This study uses leading industry standards to quantify the net greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) associated with Compost Cats, a student-run composting program at The University of Arizona. The Climate Action ...

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E-trash or E-treasure: An Innovative Approach to In-house Desktop Computer Dismantling and E-waste Disposal Membership Required

  • Purdue University (IN)

With the current pace of technological innovation and change, e-waste is on the rise and a reality all institutions of higher education have to address. Given the recent negative media ...

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Deconstructing a Deconstruction: Is a Ton of Recycled Material Worth a Ton of Work? Membership Required

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy

During the summer of 2011, Seeley House, a small faculty office building and portions of Kellogg House, the one time home of the Center for Environmental Studies, were deconstructed under ...

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Utilizing Student Engagement for a Startup Composting Program Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year, the University of South Carolina has engaged its students in a campus-wide composting project which has become a proven example of student ...

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Foam-Free Dining at the University of Florida Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Gator Dining Services/ARAMARK removed all foam food packaging from all dining location, including the dining halls, Classic Fare Catering, and the national brands on University of Florida's campus ...

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Give Us Your Scraps! How You Can Make a Significant Sustainable Impact Through Campus Composting Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Two years ago our institution, preceded by innovation in trayless dining practices and reverse vending machines-initiated an aggressive composting strategy designed to greatly reduce food waste from our dining halls ...

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Humanure: A Topic to Challenge Existing Paradigms and Garner Fresh Interest in Sustainability in the Classroom Membership Required

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

Humanure refers to the process of composting human excretion so as to produce fertile soil. More than just an eye-opening topic, it speaks to a different paradigm to looking at ...

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Creating a Successful Reusable Mug Incentive Program for a Large Campus Community Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Food service operations generate a substantial portion of the waste stream at most universities. The University Recycling Department and Dining Service Company have partnered over the years to combat waste ...

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Water, Waste and Landscaping:How Old Dominion University Facilities Management Manages and Practices Sustainability Membership Required

  • Old Dominion University (VA)

The main goal for my presentation is to share information with attendees on how Old Dominion University Facilities Management manages water, waste and landscaping into our sustainability efforts. ODU made ...

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Improving Collections Efficiencies through Departmental Collaboration Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

During these challenging economic times, it is important that colleges and universities find ways in which they can operate more efficiency, often with less resource availability. Appalachian State University has ...

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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.