Resource Management

Loras College Examples

Food (ARAMARK, Business Office)

  1. Concessions at athletic and other events
  2. Campus Dining (ARAMARK)
  3. Vending services


  • utilize reusable plates and utensils
  • implement a tray-less policy
  • eliminate the use of Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastics (i.e., #6)
  • continue to recycle plastic, paper, cardboard, metal
  • purchase supplies from local producers, whenever possible
  • implement on-site composting of all food waste
  • offer more non-meat food options
  • eliminate pre-packaged food items as much as possible
  • discontinue sale of bottled water
  • implement a drink refill policy that would include all refillable cups, rather than just those sold by ARAMARK

Purchasing (All departments and divisions of the college; Business Office)

  1. Barnes and Noble
  2. Other vendors
  3. Office paper and supplies
  4. Packaging
  5. Printer cartridges and computer equipment
  6. Athletic equipment
  7. Cleaning supplies
  8. Laboratory equipment and supplies


  • Network on-campus printers as much as possible
  • Implement the exclusive usage of recycled paper products on campus
  • Implement paperless communication policy, where possible
  • Implement a campus-wide two-sided printing and copying policy
  • Develop and implement a policy on the purchase and use of environmentally friendly/safe products and equipment across campus (including office paper and supplies, packaging, printer cartridges and computer equipment, athletic equipment, cleaning supplies, laboratory equipment and supplies

Hazardous Materials (Physical Plant, ARAMARK, relevant academic divisions, Health Center)

  1. Laboratory materials and waste
  2. Cleaning supplies
  3. Misc. (fluorescent lamps, pesticides and herbicides, sharps, etc.)


  • Reduce the use of hazardous pesticides/herbicides/cleaning products where possible by use of safe and environmentally friendly alternatives.

Waste Management (All departments and divisions of the college)

  1. Composting
  2. Recycling
  3. Packaging
  4. Trash
  5. Gray water usage
  6. Printer cartridges and computer equipment
  7. Electronics and appliances


  • Distribute an adequate number of waste containers and recycling bins around campus, including all residence halls
  • Recycle all electronics and appliances
  • Install one additional recycling dumpster on campus
  • Eliminate the use of Styrofoam and non-recyclable plastics (i.e., #6) on campus
  • Eliminate inkjet printers on campus
  • Reuse or recycle laser printer cartridges
  • Implement education program regarding waste reduction and recycling, beginning with the student’s first contact with Loras (i.e., during Summer registration, followed by Launch into Loras)
  • Encourage the sale or donation (at a “Campus Cleanout” event held at the end of each school year) of good re-usable student items.
  • Increase the use of reusable materials and packaging and, if not possible, use recyclable materials and packaging instead of throwaways
  • Evaluate waste reduction policies for effectiveness
  • Continue and strengthen the college’s mutually beneficial relationship with Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) and Dubuque County Environmental Task Force (DCET), whose purpose is the improvement of solid waste minimization and toxic reduction throughout Dubuque and Delaware counties. The college should continue to fulfill the following obligations which flow from this relationship and agreement: participate in strategic planning for public education, waste minimization and HHMRCC outreach with the other parties; interview, hire and establish compensation for Education and Communication Coordinator based on recommendations from the parties and salary range determined by DMASWA; maintain a program office on the Loras College campus; identify, interview, and hire suitable Loras College students for DMASWA paid internships and other volunteer opportunities; evaluate the training received, the work experience and accomplishments of the Loras College interns in conjunction with the Education and Communication Coordinator; receive and disburse funds from DMASWA for administrative support and the services of Loras employees (Education and Communication Coordinator and paid interns); and work to facilitate the mutually beneficial involvement of other interested Loras College departments in the agreement.


  • Implement on-site composting of all yard waste and food waste

City of Dubuque Examples

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