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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EcoMug™ History and Continued Program Evaluation Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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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Office Supply Tote Program Membership Required

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The University of Notre Dame has partnered with Office Depot to launch the first reusable Tote Program in the Midwest and only the second in the nation. The majority of ...

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Implementing and Studying an Innovative University Food Waste Reduction Program Membership Required

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This session will describe the processes of planning, implementing, and studying an innovative food waste reduction program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). With the challenges of limited space and the ...

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Who's Responsible for My Waste? Membership Required

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)

Changing behavior requires a change of attitude. A change of attitude requires awareness and recognizing the need to change.

Why should I empty my own trash can? We pay people ...

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Collaborating for success: Developing a Recycling Program in the Middle East Membership Required

  • Qatar Foundation- Hamad bin Khalifa University (Ad Dawhah)

Qatar Foundation is an organization focused on building capacity for the State of Qatar and the Arabian Gulf region. It accomplishes this goal by supporting a higher education campus called ...

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Composting in the Residence Halls: Stories of the Worm-keepers Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)

Luther students have started disposing of fruit and vegetable waste in worm composting bins installed Jan. 15 in seven of Luther's residence halls by students from the Luther Sustainability ...

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Community Partnerships for Sustainable Materials Management Membership Required

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Ohio University (OH)
  • University of Oregon (OR)

Can campuses help our neediest neighbors and reduce greenhouse gas at the same time? Yes we can. This session will offer several examples of how schools partner with other non-profit ...

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Sustainability Commitments, Actions & Economics: Managed Print Services Membership Required

  • Cleveland State University (OH)
  • FirstMetrix Corporation (OH)
  • Xerox Corporation (MN)

Cleveland State University committed to a goal of developing, designing and implementing an enterprise wide document output strategy that is consistent with the Unviersity's mission and commitment to environmental ...

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CHEFS: Advancing the Carbon Footprinting of Food in North America Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Dining plays a central role in campus life, as has been reflected in a plethora of recent dining-related initiatives—from trayless cafeterias to composting to community gardens on campus. A ...

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4 Rs: Residents Reduce, Re-use, & Recycle Membership Required

  • University of Wyoming (WY)

The main goal for our presentation is to educate and inform attendees that young adults are leading the way on the UW campus in recycling, reducing and re-using. This discussion ...

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Improved Methods for Measuring the Efficacy of Waste Diversion Programs Membership Required

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

Campus recycling and other waste diversion programs have been growing rapidly over the past several decades. However, surprisingly little empirical evidence exists for assessing the efficacy of these programs in ...

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It Won't Decay, Don't Throw It Away! Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Building on the success of an electronic waste collection campaign the previous year, Indiana University organizers expanded the planning, promotion and implementation of the 2010 Electronic Waste Collection Days to ...

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Fostering Sustainable Development: Nova Scotia Waste Resource Management Institute Membership Required

  • Acadia University (NS)

A Waste Resource Management Institute(WRMI) is in development at Acadia University. Created in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia Department of the Environment and EduNova, the Institute ...

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Green Tailgating: Generating Sustainable Team Spirit! Membership Required

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The "greening" of university football game "tailgating" events and athletic competitions, which are known to generate literally tons of bottles and cans as well as waste, continues to spread, resulting ...

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Moving to Single Stream Recycling Membership Required

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

Moving to Single Stream Recycling

Eastern Connecticut State University was an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, (ACUPCC). In accordance with the President's Climate ...

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Create a Diversion Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Eliminating landfill addiction at a University takes more than wishful thinking. At the University, it took the vision of the Boards of Trustees, the focus of the Office of Sustainability ...

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Garnet & Gold Goes Green: Expanding on FSU's gameday recycling program Membership Required

  • Florida State University (FL)

Garnet & Gold Goes Green (G4) provides Florida State University fans the opportunity to recycle their beverage containers with the intention of decreasing the large amounts of waste and litter ...

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Got stuff? Chuck it for Charity: A student move out collection initiative Membership Required

  • Florida State University (FL)

Each spring over 6,000 Florida State University on-campus residents move out of the residence halls, leaving behind tons of unwanted "stuff" that is usually sent directly to the landfill ...

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Food Composting on Campus: Opportunities for Leadership for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kean University (NJ)

According to a feature story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "with great fanfare, universities are trumpeting their efforts to make society more equitable and environmentally healthy." An important question ...

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Engaging in reuse: Design & implementation of a student swap shop Membership Required

  • Meredith College (NC)

Meredith College, a small women's institution in Raleigh, North Carolina called for a campus swap shop as one of its long-term waste reduction strategies. This presentation details the planning ...

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Dialogue and Discussion on Collegiate Zero Waste Principles Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Zero waste represents a new means of elevating sustainability education and student leadership development and two zero waste experts are excited to help advance a set of principles for higher ...

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Move Out Madness - End of Year Waste Reduction and Donations Membership Required

  • University of Guelph (ON)

There's so much going on, it's Madness! Learn the details of a successful program designed to capture useful stuff left behind by students in undergraduate residences and in ...

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Garbage on the Green Creates Recycling Awareness on Campus Membership Required

  • University of North Florida (FL)

In a campaign to create awareness about waste reduction and recycling, the University of North Florida Environmental Center created Garbage on the Green. This all day event incorporates an exhibitor ...

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Lean and Green Membership Required

  • University of Oklahoma (OK)

The University of Oklahoma Lean Institute has recently launched a new training and certification program that applies techniques from Lean Manufacturing as tools for environmental conservation and sustainability. Since one ...

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Lessons from the Heap: Five Years of Move-Out Reuse Efforts Membership Required

  • Yale University (CT)

Inspired by increasing global demand for sustainable practices, colleges and universities around the world are taking the lead in developing systems and policies that achieve a higher environmental standard. One ...

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Institutionalizing Zero-Waste Events Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

University events that generate the most waste tend to include food or drink. Universities, their departments, and student groups host events with food and drink for many reasons. Food and ...

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Chuck it for Charity: FSU's student move out collection initiative Membership Required

  • Florida State University (FL)

Each spring over 6,000 Florida State University on-campus residents move out of the residence halls, leaving behind tons of unwanted "stuff" that is usually sent directly to the landfill ...

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Garnet & Gold Goes Green: FSU's game day recycling program Membership Required

  • Florida State University (FL)

Garnet & Gold Goes Green (G4) provides Florida State University fans the opportunity to recycle their beverage containers with the intention of decreasing the large amounts of waste and litter ...

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Campus Wide Waste Audit Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Diving into the Depths of the Desolate Dumpster 2.0: A Campus-Wide Waste Audit of Furman University

Erika Baldwin, Will Stallings, and Weston Dripps

Furman University, Earth and Environmental Sciences ...

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Let's talk about poop! Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

This study examines the effects of the installation of pet waste bag dispenser stations on the compliance of dog owners to pick up after their pets. Our study site is ...

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Migrating Paper Processes into SharePoint Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Our college uses SharePoint as a web platform for migrating manual paper-heavy planning processes online. Two primary examples of processes we have moved online in this way are Grant Applications ...

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Organic Recycling - It's Here! Membership Required

  • Nature Works (GA)

Noting the growing success of food waste diversion and composting, NatureWorks LLC(www.natureworksllc.com) and one of its key partners (R3/Bunzl Distribution) will showcase commercial success of organic ...

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Drink Local, Drink Tap: Turning On a New Campus Water Culture Membership Required

  • Pacific University (OR)

The privatized water industry has subtly grown during the past few decades, establishing itself in American culture as the sole source for clean drinking water. Most consumers are unaware that ...

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Food Rescue Membership Required

  • Pacific University (OR)

Food Rescue is a student-initiated food donation program that works to diminish food waste and redistribute leftovers from Pacific University campus events and dining hall meals to local community shelters ...

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University of California, Berkeley Recycling and Waste Receptacles Redesign Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) adopted the goal of diverting 50% of its waste by June 30, 2008. This goal was met primarily because a large quantity of ...

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Ralphies Green Stampede: Innovative Zero Waste Events at CU-Boulder Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

In 2008, Folsom Field became the first major sports stadium in the nation, professional or collegiate, to collect all materials in recycling or compost containers, eliminate trash cans and transform ...

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A New Paradigm for Campus Electronic Waste Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

State institutions of higher learning are saddled with insufficient budgets, antiquated laws and policies that make it difficult to deal effectively and equitably with the problem of electronic waste. It ...

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Sustainable E-Waste Education and Research Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

This presentation provides a review of two recent electronic waste (e-waste) education and research initiatives as part of a Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center ...

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RecycleMania: The Race to Zero Campus Waste Membership Required

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Join a dynamic panel of representatives from campuses large and small, public and private, who will discuss how they have used this EPA-sponsored, Keep America Beautiful-administered tournament to promote recycling ...

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Conducting a Waste Audit at a Large Urban Campus Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

In spring 2010, a comprehensive waste audit was conducted at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh by the students in Environmental Studies 390: Topics of Campus Sustainability. In order to fully ...

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WMU EcoMug: An Initiative to Reduce Disposable Cups on Campus Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University spends over $32,000 annually on foam cups, paper cups, and plastics lids. There are additional "upstream" environmental and energy costs associated with manufacturing these products and ...

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The Educational Energy Audit - Combining Student Learning & Energy Efficiency Membership Required

  • Wilson College (PA)

In October, 2009, The Loyalton Group, energy consulting partner for Sodexo and their clients, conducted an energy audit at Wilson College, in Chambersburg, PA. Beyond the regular energy audit and ...

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600,000 Plastic Bags/year, No More: Leveraging the Classroom Experience for On-Campus Sustainability Initiatives. Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

The students of ENVS 3001 and Dining Services staff worked together to implement a shift from single-use plastic bags to reusable nylon at Grab-n-Go venues and convenience stores on campus ...

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Food Waste Tracking: The First Step Toward Food Waste Minimization Membership Required

  • LeanPath, Inc. (OR)

Food waste minimization is a key element of any portfolio of campus dining sustainability strategies. Food waste tracking is the first step toward minimization. This presentation will feature college and ...

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Talking Trash: Getting the Best Data Out of Your Waste and Recycling Membership Required

  • Meredith College (NC)
  • Pacific University (OR)

Join this presentation to learn about three different efforts to collect baseline data on recycling and waste on campus. An overview of a community-based social marketing campaign (CBSM) to "green ...

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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.
Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.