Rollins College

Solid Waste Management Assessment

OVERVIEW

KEY DELIVERABLES

  • Student Innovation Workshop
  • Material Handling Chart
  • Waste Composition Study
  • SWM Assessment Report

The mission statement for Rollins College, Florida’s oldest post-secondary institution, includes a commitment to environmental stewardship. A recycling initiative, begun over 22 years ago, supports that commitment. Since then, the Rollins College Sustainability Programs has expanded across campus departments and organizations. Along with recycling, the program promotes events and and policy revisions to further environmental and sustainable changes.

The commitment to sustainability has remained and is consistent with the college mission. As more materials are made and packaged with plastic, waste diversion from landfills has become an ever-increasing challenge.

To efficiently address that need, campus-wide observations could identify the facilities with lowest landfill diversion rates. Waste composition studies would reveal where volumes were low or contamination was high. Then, with better understanding of current conditions and the metrics involved, Rollins College could advance toward even greater environmental stewardship, becoming a Zero Waste Campus.

Furthering the work of its Committee on Environmental and Sustainable Initiatives (CESI), the college administration brought in ecoPreserve to assess, observe, and report on campus-wide SWM practices and performance.

The ecoPreserve team reviewed documents specifying purchasing and facility management policies. Based on that review and stakeholder meetings, they reported ways to extend the range and effectivness of policies for SWM sustainability. They  recommended changes to waste collection and transport policies. They listed and further documented sustainability program strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Among their findings, they documented a need for guidelines to reuse, repurpose, recycle, and dispose of materials for construction and renovation.

After walk-through observations in academic, residential, administrative, and support buildings across campus, the team developed a material handling chart. The chart, attached to the project’s final report,  documented waste collection methods and transportation processes along with the staffing and contracted vendors involved.

The SWM process and policy changes documented in this project could boost Rollins College’s waste diversion rate from the current 1.2% to 70.1% of total waste.

The CESI team now has recommendations for more convenient, efficient, and effective SWM processes. Those could be standardized across campus. Procurement processes could be refined to substantially reduce source waste. Vendor contracting associated with that procurement could require materials and packaging reporting. Further strategic improvements would then be guided by that reporting.

As described in the report, greater engagement with students, faculty, and facility staff would bring greater awareness. That awareness and broader involvement campus-wide have significant potential to divert a higher percentage of waste from landfills.

SDG IMPACT

AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

Tools tailored to location and need

Disaster resilience requires a select toolset, identified, adapted, or created as needed based on planning calls and inclusive workshop participation.

Business and government organizations today are confronted by threat categories that range from drought to flood, from fire to hurricane, and extend globally to pandemics and sea level rise. Threat categories are broad and diverse, but ecoPreserve and collaborating organizations design resiliency tools for specific local context.

Local needs are identified and verified. Building from that essential understanding, tools are designed, tested in pilot programs, refined, then implemented through action plans.

Today's challenges/
tomorrow's potential

ecoPreserve collaborates with major community and private organizations in optimizing the resiliency and resource efficiency of their workplaces, venues, and public spaces.

In response to ever-increasing environmental, sociopolitical, and public health challenges, we advocate for and participate in assessment and planning actions that directly address disaster preparations, recovery activities, infrastructure improvements, and smart building/city design.

Online and in-person workshops

ecoPreserve designs and leads workshops in varied formats, to achieve varied goals.

Often an event is held for skill and knowledge development, but some needs of an organization or community are better resolved through collaboration to identify requirements and to design solutions. A range of Disaster Resilience workshops are available for solutions planning and development, as well as for training and communication.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

  • Identify technical and business process gaps
  • Define stakeholders, recovery teams, and processes/functionalities necessary for operation
  • Highlight missed expectations from a data loss and recovery time perspective
  • Address compliance with regulatory agencies and industry standards
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Facility Condition Report

The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:

  • PHYSICAL CONDITION
    • General condition of the building, grounds, and appurtenances
    • Physical deficiencies, their significance, and suggested remedies
    • Photographs
    • Safety issues observed
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD POTENTIAL
  • OPPORTUNITIES
    • Potential operating efficiencies
    • Electricity and water use reductions
    • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting
  • ORDER OF MAGNITUDE RENOVATION BUDGET
    • Recommended interior finishes
    • Construction costs

Risk Mitigation Improvements

  • IAQ
    • Airflow
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC EQUIPMENT
    • Settings
    • Conditions
    • Capability
    • Filtration
  • FLOORPLAN
    • Traffic patterns
  • FURNISHINGS
    • Placement for social distancing
    • Clear barriers where social distancing is not possible

Interior Elements

  • Foundation
  • Building frame and roof
  • Structural elements
    • Floors, walls, ceilings
    • Access and egress
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC equipment and ductwork
  • Utilities
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Safety and fire protection

Grounds and Appurtenances

  • Façades or curtainwall
  • Topography
  • Storm water drainage
  • Paving, curbing, and parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping
  • Recreational facilities
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AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

An OPTIMIZED Assessment

Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.

Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.

How should a facility be ASSESSED?

A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.

The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.