Annual Features

2017-18

View the 2017-18 Sustainability Year in Review for more in-depth data on Stanford's diversion rate over time.

  • The Deskside Paper Recycling and Mini–Trash Can Program expanded into 102 buildings, with 8,720 total sets of bins and Zero Waste Guidelines delivered. This program continues to be extended into existing and new academic buildings becoming the campus standard.
  • Departments have funded 99 compost collection points through the Customer-Funded Compostables Collection Program, launched in July 2015. The Voluntary Compost Program increased participation to over 264 volunteers collecting food and other compostable materials from common spaces to bring to collection bins.
  • Over 700 people were trained on best waste sorting, recycling, and composting practices through waste reduction classes, café staff trainings, and custodial trainings. Other outreach efforts included ten campus tabling events and ten tours of the Stanford Recycling Center.
  • Stanford Surplus Sales’ furniture reutilization program helps departments avoid landfill fees and contributes to university sustainability goals by collecting and selling unwanted furniture and equipment at discounted prices. The program successfully diverted approximately 117 tons of furniture from landfill in 2017-18, including 89 tons of furniture donated from the Escondido Village Graduate Residence project.
  • Stanford Surplus Sales collected and processed 129.6 tons of electronic waste in 2017-18, ensuring the material was appropriately recycled within the state of California.
  • Three Sustainability Game Day Challenges were hosted in partnership with the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation. Game Days resulted in an 8-24% increase in waste diversion rates from the prior year, thanks to increased composting infrastructure, food donation programs, student participation, and fan outreach and engagement.

2016-17

View the 2016-17 Sustainability Year in Review for more in-depth data on Stanford's diversion rate over time.

  • The Deskside Paper Recycling and Mini–Trash Can Program expanded into 96 buildings, with 8,224 total sets of bins and Zero Waste Guidelines delivered. This program continues to be extended into existing and new academic buildings becoming the campus standard.
  • Stackable multi-recyclers were installed this year for 3,200 students (about 50% of undergraduates). This new system allows residents to sort their landfill and recyclables in their rooms instead of at the waste corral, reducing contamination and landfill waste. Multi-recyclers will be installed in all undergraduate student rooms by the end of 2017.
  • Departments have funded 78 compost collection points through the Customer-Funded Compostables Collection Program, launched in July 2015. The Voluntary Compost Program increased participation to over 150 volunteers collecting food and other compostable materials from common spaces to bring to collection bins.
  • Over 700 people were trained on best waste sorting, recycling, and composting practices through waste reduction classes, café staff trainings, and custodial trainings. Other outreach efforts included ten campus tabling events and eight tours of the Stanford Recycling Center.
  • Three Sustainability Game Day Challenges were hosted in partnership with the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation. Game Days resulted in an 8% to 24% increase in waste diversion rates from the prior year, thanks to increased composting infrastructure, food donation programs, student participation, and fan outreach and engagement.

 

For years prior to 2016-17, please refer to the annual reviews, available in our resource library