Following the completion of the iWG assessment (attached), the ZW007 Composting Strategies commendation was transmitted to Dr. Madhu Khanna, interim Director of iSEE.
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Zero Waste iCAP Team (Ongoing)
This team is focused on how to best maintain and improve the University’s food procurement, purchasing, waste management, and recycling programs. The group will work to implement a Zero Waste movement (like that described in the iCAP), which will require a “whole system” approach to resource management that implicates purchasing, maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired, or recycled back into the system. This system will reduce greenhouse gases by saving energy by reducing energy consumption associated with extracting, processing, and transporting raw materials and waste, and by reducing and eventually eliminating the need for landfills and incinerators.
This group will address the University’s progress on meeting the iCAP goals in regards to purchasing, waste, and recycling. It will look to help further the progress of the iCAP’s targets of a Zero-Waste campus policy. The group will approach this by working to make campus purchasing entities responsible for costs of the disposal of the products consumed and by avoiding the purchasing of environmentally irresponsible products and corporations (based on carbon and other environmental indicators).
Goals from the iCAP that this team will look to take to improve and take to the next level are:
- Increase the rate of recycling for non-construction and demolition waste from its current rate of 50%.
- Not only improve construction and demolition waste recycling for LEED projects, but smaller ones on campus as well.
(This team was previously known as the Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling (PWR) SWATeam.)
This team focuses on the objectives found in Chapter 5 of the iCAP 2020:
5.4 Promote food scraps reduction on campus through a behavior change campaign, and tracking and recovery of surplus food for donation, with at least five new areas tracking and reporting their food waste by FY22.
5.5 Develop a detailed comprehensive plan including implementation and operational costs/benefits to sustainably dispose of all food scraps and other organics by FY24, and fully implement the plan by FY33.
Primary Contact:Alexa Smith
Project Leader:Timothy Stark (chair)
- Yuanhui Zhang
- Clara Bosak-Schroeder
- Aaron Finder
- Avery Maloto
- Tim Knox
- Mike Olinger
- Sarah Shoaff
- Jenna Schaefer
- Sydney Trimble
Started March 12, 2014Started by Ben McCall