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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Campus Collaboration toward Sustainable Food Service Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • Pomona College (CA)

Sustainability in Food Service is a fairly new topic in higher education and it is being addressed in a variety of ways. Dining Services consumes large quantities of campus energy ...

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Campus Recycling & Zero Waste Workshop Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Managing materials and resource flows on college campuses are vital to reducing campus greenhouse gas production and creating a sustainable campus. The Campus Recycling & Zero Waste workshop will feature ...

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Combining Bottled Water Reductions with Outreach: E-Signage for Hydration Stations at The University of British Columbia Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In order to reduce purchases of bottled water at The University of British Columbia (UBC), the Alma Mater Society (AMS) installed two Waterfillz hydration stations in the UBC Student Union ...

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Maximizing Reuse and Recycling Diversion Opportunities Through Campus Partnerships Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This presentation describes a case study of a significant reuse and recycling intervention at UC Berkeley that was successful largely due to the heavy collaboration between student organizations and various ...

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Zero Waste Venues - Focus on Athletics/Sports Venues: Perspectives from three Campuses Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Southern California (CA)

Many campuses have a strong recycling infrastructure in place for day-to-day recycling collections and waste minimization, but may or may not have such a strong program specifically for Athletic events ...

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Impure Public Good Consumption: A Field Experiment Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Impure public goods such as recycling, green electricity, and composting offer private consumption, warm glow through the private provision of the public good, and the potential for social rewards. Research ...

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Know Your Products, Know Yourself: Learning to Be An Environmentally Just Student Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

In the sustainability world we are bombarded constantly on how consumerism impacts our environment, but we rarely hear about the social impact. At this session participants will learn how their ...

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In-Vessel Composting - From Farm to Kitchen to Compost, and Back to Farm Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Space on any campus is limited especially when you mention you want to compost food. In-vessel composting is a viable way to compost all your food while keeping odor under ...

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Food Fight: EPA's Food Recovery Challenge Strives to Reduce Food Waste Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Food is the number one material reaching landfills and accounts for 13% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In order to decrease the significant environmental impact of food ...

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Scaling up Campus Vermicomposting: A Cost Effective Methodology for Dealing with Pre-Consumer Organics Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

A large institution produces thousands of tonnes of solid waste annually, a large portion of which is taken to the municipal landfill. With increasing land values and rising fuel prices ...

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Creating a Socially Responsible Revenue Stream for Sustainability: The (Your University Name Here) E-Waste Collection Center Membership Required

  • University of San Diego (CA)

How many old cell phones do you have stuffed in drawers in your kitchen? Has your old laptop been collecting dust under your couch since you bought your new MacBook ...

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A Case Study of the Campus-wide Dining Waste Audit at West Virginia Membership Required

  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WV)
  • West Virginia University (WV)

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, less than three percent of the 34 million tons of food waste generated was recovered or recycled in 2010. Food waste now ...

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The Campus Re-Store Comes Into Its Own: Sustainability Meets Entrepreneurship Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The university's Re-Use store makes variety of items available to students in a unique retail format based on the sustainable theme of re-use and resource conservation. Items are available ...

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The Role of Dining Services in Sustainability Programming Membership Required

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College and their food service provider, Sodexo Corporation, have worked together since 2009 to give continued support to the campuses Climate Action Plan through a Comprehensive Energy Initiative. Staffers ...

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Suburban Composting at Johnson County Community College: Looking at the First Year of Operations. Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

The process of composting food residuals from dining service operations has been gaining in popularity at college campuses across the country in recent years. While an estimated 12% of the ...

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RecycleMania Update & Planning Roundtable Membership Required

  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

This session will combine a brief presentation with facilitated roundtable discussions. RecycleMania staff will give a 10 minute presentation previewing the 2013 program including new categories and promotional resources. The ...

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Recycling can be the Most Cost-Effective Method of Solid Waste Management for Colleges and Universities Membership Required

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Collegiate recycling programs have proliferated to almost all higher educational campuses, yet many administrators from continue to believe that recycling services can add tens or hundreds of thousand dollars to ...

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Researching Two On-site Food Waste Reduction Technologies at an Urban University Membership Required

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This presentation will discuss two research projects conducted at Loyola Marymount University on the effectiveness of on-site food waste reduction technologies. The first study analyzed a food waste dehydration system ...

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

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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! Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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. Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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? Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 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.