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Recycling and Beyond: Towards a Zero Waste Campus. 2:00 PM Introduction and welcome: Rob Gogan 2:02 PM Webinar details: Larry Kaufman 2:05 PM Pete Pasterz, Cabarrus County, NC 2:20 PM Laurie Cousart, University of Pennsylvania 2:45 PM Rob Gogan, Harvard University

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Recycling and beyond towards a zero waste campus

Recycling and Beyond: Towards a Zero Waste Campus

2:00 PM Introduction and welcome: Rob Gogan

2:02 PM Webinar details: Larry Kaufman

2:05 PM Pete Pasterz, Cabarrus County, NC

2:20 PM Laurie Cousart, University of Pennsylvania

2:45 PM Rob Gogan, Harvard University

3:00 PM Jack Debell, University of Colorado at Boulder

3:15 PM Questions and Adjournment

http://www.curc3r.org/


Measuring progress towards zero waste

Measuring Progress Towards Zero Waste

College & University Recycling Coalition

Webinar Series

2 September 2010

Rob Gogan

Recycling and Waste Services

Harvard Facilities Maintenance Operations

175 North Harvard Street

Allston, MA 02134

[email protected]

http://www.uos.harvard.edu/fmo/recycling/


What gets measured gets managed choosing measures
“What gets measured, gets managed:” choosing measures

  • Recycling rates

  • Pounds trash per capita

  • Progress towards zero waste goal

  • Annual pounds of single-use commodities procured

  • Capture rates

  • Benefits of recycling: WARM, resources saved


Wasting is not sustainable
Wasting is not sustainable…

‘THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG:” One day’s trash from Harvard Yard… and that’s only 1% of the total generated on our behalf. Visible waste…

…is examined by Resource Efficiency Program undergrads.


Results of 10th annual waste audit
Results of 10th annual Waste Audit

By weight:

21% paper that could have been recycled

12% containers + 12% beverage residue that could have been recycled

Compostables: yard waste, paper towels, coffee grounds, food

41% organics that could have been composted

Residues (items without current recycling options)

10% residues for which sustainable substitutes are needed



  • 2010 Gorilla Prize

  • (Pounds recycled)

  • Rutgers University 2,541,093

  • Harvard University 996,760

  • Stanford University 888,884

  • University of NC, CH 729,940

  • U Michigan-Ann Arbor 721,510

  • Boston College 716,153

  • U MN– Twin Cities 680,280

  • Emory University 646,273

  • U Cal– San Diego 643,185

  • U Florida 641,296

  • 15 Yale University 588,774

EPA “WasteWise”-sponsored 10-week contest with 608 campuses participating in 2010. See<www.recyclemaniacs.org>


Zero waste events
Zero Waste Events

Few tons diverted, but high-visibility and fun to see how close to zero you can get. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Annual Picnic, 2010. Total waste landfilled: 36 gloves, bundle of sandwich wrap, 6 carried in foam cups & one diaper.




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