Plastics Reduction Partner Certification Program - Shared screen
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Campuses need to submit commitment letter and reach 10 points to be eligible for AASHE STARS innovation credit. You do not need to reach Bronze level of certification.
The Users manual and the workbook can be found at www.CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org. There is a front page feature to click on for the Plastics Reduction Partner program.
There is no fee to participate in this program. Its free to participate and certify.
There are a lot of certification programs out there, what makes NWF
What makes NWF’s different from the rest?
If we're not an active member of AASHE currently (past member), can we still get this certification?
Yay! Thank you!
PLAN Post-Landfill Action Network
Can you clarify what you mean when you say that this is affiliated with BFFP?We work with the Break Free From Plastics movement, and there is deep concern and frustration with the lax approach that certifications take that award certification without substantial infrastructure changes. If you only need 18 points to reach Bronze certification, are you concerned that this will allow campuses to greenwash their "certification" with no real substantial infrastructure changes? Looking at the scoring breakdown, it is possible to achieve bronze with entirely education based work.
Two of our biggest hurdles to ban the bottle movement have been: 1) that bottled water is a high margin and big selling item for Culinary and 2) that Athletics/Rec Sports/Admissions/etc. get pallets and pallets of free bottled water through the pouring rights contract. Any suggestions or case studies of success?
Are you going to be sending out the recording by chance. I had a meeting go over unfortunately and missed this.
Suggestion - remove it from the Pouring Rights contract.
PLAN will have a manual about Pouring Rights Coming out this fall!
That would be great Kristy thanks!
Great, Thank you.
Would be helpful to see best practices on bottle reduction, we are working on a proposal for plastic bottle free Commencement currently
"Take Back the Tap"!!
I've just championed (and won) the decision to have a water cooler from our Dining contractor instead of water bottles at our Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. It's hard to bring people around, but we can do it when we mention the hospitality aspect and lack of so much purchasing. We also give out water bottles as prizes to raffles, and sporadically, we have given reusable mugs/water bottles to new resident students. We have the filling stations in every building. The problem is getting the Dining Hall to let us fill our own mugs/bottles with sodas/juice (due to covid) and they keep using Styrofoam single-fill cups...
Would love more information or resources on how you switched to water in aluminum cans and what that process was like - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bottle refillery stations around campus are a good potential solution as well as aluminum.
Yes! Aluminum bottles with screw tops are still not common, and that option would really help with the demand for plastic soda bottles.
A.Saxton - Mason
Virginia's "program" - https://www.deq.virginia.gov/get-involved/pollution-prevention/greening-of-government/waste-reduction and https://www.deq.virginia.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/9656/637605736580330000#:~:text=On%20March%2023%2C%202021%2C%20Governor,higher%20education%2C%20and%20their%20concessioners.
A.Saxton - Mason
gotta jet but thank you so much for continuing to be so open to feedback! I look forward to working together in the future
It takes a VERY large village!!!! :)
Thanks for joining, Young!
A.Saxton - Mason
Same here, thank you all - looking forward to partnership in action, and making a dent in this issue together!
This looks like a great program. Thank you!