Waste Stream: The percentage of waste that The New School diverts from landfills (diversion rate), is approximately 48%. A recent audit of The New School’s waste stream revealed that more than 2/3rds of waste could be diverted simply with better sorting at the waste bin.
Annual Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s):
- Units of Measurement: Percentage (%)
- Why it's Important: Diversion rate is the percentage of total waste generated that is kept out of landfills. Tracking our diversion rate a way of measuring how well The New School’s initiatives to recycle and compost are working.
- How we'll Achieve our Goals: As of 2016, The New School is the only University participating in the NYC Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge, which helps improve and bring awareness to our waste diversion efforts. A waste bin signage redesign and other efforts to recycle particular waste streams will help improve our diversion over time.
For more information on The New School’s Waste-reducing initiatives, visit here.
Waste diversion was improved through new messaging and outreach campaigns, however, waste diversion is ultimately a community-behavior responsibility. Further awareness and activism is required to achieve our goal of a 10% improvement.