Wurster Hall Waste Management

Project Lead: Eli Perszyk

Sponsor: College of Environmental Design, Facilities Services

TGIF Grant: $38,400; additional $10,710 awarded in January 2013, bringing the project total to $49,110

Project Theme: Waste Reduction

Project Location

2012 Application Submission

Status: Complete

Project Description: Funding will be used to pilot an indoor recycling program with standardized bins, signage, and education to then be implemented campus-wide, pending results.


  • Wurster Hall = 225,000 square feet
  • Home to the College of Environmental Design, includes the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and City and Regional Planning, theCED Library, the Fabrication Shop, the Ceramics Studio, Ramona’s Café, Research Units, faculty and staff offices, instructional space, 7 Design Studios, mostly Architecture, with 24/7 occupancy.
  • Average daily occupancy of over 1,000 people, mostly students.

Goals: Pilot two waste management systems in Wurster Hall, home to the College of Environmental Design, that will optimize waste separation and move the campus closer to ambitious goals of diverting waste from landfill. The systems will have 4 containers for Compost, Paper, Bottles/Cans, and Landfill. Conduct pre- and post-installation waste audits to generate data on the success of the pilot. Collaborate with Compost Alliance on an education and outreach campaign for the building occupants. Share results of this pilot program with CRRS and campus facilities/building managers.