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Bucky illustration of waste diversion rates

Bucky illustration of waste diversion rates

A Zero-Waste Campus

Zero Waste refers to the the 90% diversion of all University waste to recycling or composting and keeping it out of the landfill. As of 2015, the waste diversion rate reached 59%, and the University aims to divert all waste to recycling or composting by the end of 2020.

In 2010, the University created its first Climate Neutrality Action Plan with the initial goal to be climate neutral by the end of 2015. It has since been updated and developed into a two-part action plan, with the deadline extended to 2020. This two-part update is fundamental to supporting Goal 2 of the Integrated Strategic Plan: "Strengthen SCU's culture of environmental sustainability by becoming a climate-neutral, zero-waste campus that serves as a living laboratory for developing global solutions rooted in Catholic social thought."

The plan includes goals and tactics for making climate neutrality and sustainability part of the curriculum and educational experience for all students as well as to expand research effort and community engagement. Strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions include energy conservation or efficiency (electricity or natural gas), transportation emissions associated with student and employee commute or University-sponsored travel, water consumption, and of course, landfill consumption.

What You Can Do

Of course there are questions of how we will achieve this goal within the next 4 years. From reading the waste signs and informing peers about what you know, to boosting the share economy around campus, every Bronco can contribute to helping us reach our SCU zero-waste goal.  The campus community can also contribute through the Sustainability Liaison Network, Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP), the Campus Sustainability Investment Fund, and through everyday waste minimization and diversion practices.

Improving the waste diversion rate and cutting down on excessive consumption will be essential in reaching the zero-waste goal by 2020. You can learn even more about the importance of sorting waste correctly by coming to a Waste Characterization! The next one will be on November 14th, 4-6 PM, on the outdoor Malley basketball courts.  If you have suggestions for improvements, or questions regarding waste on campus, please email or view our Waste webpage.

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