The Road to a Zero Waste Campus
A holistic framework for measuring waste reduction on college and university campuses. We legitimize the qualitative characteristics of material management and identify quantitative metrics beyond diversion.
The Atlas is an assessment framework to create Zero Waste strategic plans for universities and colleges. We start off by utilizing our extensive Campus Programs Checklist to assess infrastructure, policies, and communication that supports the reduction of waste on campus. A report with detailed findings, recommendations, and a baseline Zero Waste score is provided to the campus after the initial visit.
After a campus reviews their report, the Atlas team guides the campus in establishing a Zero Waste Plan and accompanying task force through a series of strategic planning sessions. The result is a clear roadmap to Zero Waste.
A 360 Assessment of your campus that includes:
- In-person interviews with campus staff and student groups utilizing PLAN’s extensive Campus Programs Checklist
- A program report summarizing your campus’s current infrastructure and communication channels
- A list or recommendations to address infrastructural and communication gaps
- A baseline Zero Waste score
- Stage 1 Pricing: Atlas pricing is measured on a sliding scale. This price covers campus visits, report development, and PLAN membership for the following year. For more information about pricing, contact us using the form below.
- Campuses with 10,000 students or fewer: $5,000-$7,500
- Campuses with 10,000-25,000 students: $7,500-$10,000
A series of strategic planning sessions between PLAN staff and your campus to:
- Create a Zero Waste Plan with a focus on infrastructure, policy, education and outreach
- Identify a Zero Waste Task Force made up of stakeholders across campus
- Assess recommendations as outlined in the Stage 1 report
- Establish short term, mid-term and long-term initiatives
- Stage 2 Pricing: Atlas pricing is measured on a sliding scale. This price covers campus visits, report development, and PLAN membership for the following year. For more information about pricing, contact us using the form below.
- Campuses with 10,000 students or fewer: $4,000-$6,000
- Campuses with 10,000-25,000 students: $6,000-$10,000
“The Atlas Project was critical to organizing all of the various programs, streams, and educational campaigns on campus related to waste. Having a cohesive 360 Assessment and Zero Waste Atlas that puts all the pieces together into one puzzle is helping us achieve our vision of a zero-waste campus and creating a circular economy culture with our faculty, staff, students, and guests at Carleton. Chris and Meghann have been – and continue to be – extremely helpful, offering guidance on project planning, research, and expertise in the zero-waste innovations field.”
— Alex Miller, Sustainability Program Coordinator at Carleton College
“Instead of letting the goal of zero waste be daunting and overwhelming, the Atlas team really helped us focus in on the big picture and look at the goal as a long-term, ever-changing process. Their outside perspective on our operations helped us immensely in determining our biggest areas for improvement and allowed us to consider options we would have never thought to pursue. We have a lot of work ahead of us to reach our goals, but with the help of the Atlas team, we are even more excited and ready to tackle the challenge than ever.”
— Annalisa Tarrizo, Zero Waste Services Coordinator & Carolyn Brown, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator at University of Tennessee Knoxville
“The Atlas project provides campuses with the ability to create a structured plan for achieving zero waste. Guided by personalized campus data and assessments the format allows campuses to think through and structure various programs or policies so they are tangible and long lasting. It’s this kind of work that helps campuses build a framework, garner support and see results.”
— Katherine Schumacher, Zero Waste Program Manager at Arizona State University
To build this framework, we closely collaborated with 8 campuses across the country who are leading the way in college and university zero waste efforts. Our Advisor campuses include:
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