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The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is committed to environmental stewardship by maintaining purchasing practices, as well as materials disposal that promote and encourage the use of environmentally and socially responsible products and practices. This work plan establishes a sustainable purchasing program for items purchased for use in the building, as well as details on resource recovery, i.e., the collection of recyclables and compostable food scraps, and disposal.
Requirements for materials management are found in the Materials Petal of the Living Building Challenge under the Net Positive Waste Imperative, which states that that “the project team must strive to reduce or eliminate the production of waste during design, construction, operation, and end of life in order to conserve natural resources and to find ways to integrate waste back into either an industrial loop or a natural nutrient loop.” For its operation phase, every project must have a collection plan for consumables and durables. Moreover, there must be dedicated infrastructure for resource recovery.
While not directly covering the purchase of items covered by this Materials Management Work Plan, the Red List Imperative and Living Economy Sourcing Imperative provide philosophical guidance that influenced this work plan. This work plan promotes purchasing policies that conserve resources, energy, and water; minimize the harmful environmental effects of pollution and toxicity; improve environmental health; support recycling markets and reusability; reduce landfill waste; support local suppliers; and educate through environmental stewardship and leadership during the operational phase of the building.
There are other work plans for the purchase and management of the following products:
- Herbicides, landscape insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and soil amendments – Landscape Operations and Maintenance Work Plan
- Cleaning products, soaps, polishes, detergents, and other custodial supplies – Green Cleaning Work Plan.
- Pest control products – Pest Management Work Plan.
II. Contact Information
For general information regarding building operations and maintenance, custodial services, and servicing of bins, please contact Marlon Ellis, Area Six Maintenance Manager:
- Phone: 404-861-9852
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For specifics regarding resource recovery, i.e., the collection of recyclables and compostable items, contact the Office of Solid Waste Management & Recycling (OSWM&R) at (404) 385-0088.
Below are contacts for materials management procedures for specific spaces in the building.
Office Space, Design Studio/Makerspace, Auditorium, Classrooms, Seminar Room, and Conference Rooms
Kamilah Roberts, Program Support Coordinator
- Phone: (404) 385-4949
- Email: email@example.com
Juan Archila, Research Scientist II
- Phone: (404) 385-2948
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kamilah Roberts, Program Support Coordinator
- Phone: (404) 385-4949
- Email: email@example.com
Landscape Supplies and Equipment
Refer to the Landscape Operations and Maintenance Work Plan.
Custodial Supplies and Equipment
Refer to the Green Cleaning Work Plan.
Pest Control Supplies and Equipment
Refer to the Pest Management Work Plan.
- The execution of this work plan requires coordination across multiple departments, e.g., OSWM&R, Building Services, Landscape Services, and College of Sciences. Each department commits to executing its portion of this work plan, e.g., purchasing, based on protocols enumerated in this work plan. Staff from the multiple departments that manage materials in The Kendeda Building will seek approval from the Building Director prior to making changes to bins, deviating from this work plan, or conducting waste audits in the building.
- The Building Director will establish and lead a committee to maintain and update supply purchasing guidelines and resource recovery protocol detailed in this work plan. It is envisioned that the members of this committee will:
- Meet quarterly;
- Analyze spending on supplies for The Kendeda Building to gain an understanding of the building’s operating expenses and identify opportunities for savings;
- Conduct market assessments as needed and engage suppliers to determine the availability of viable and innovative procurement options;
- Seek disclosure of relevant sustainability information from suppliers, leveraging shared or existing data where available, and communicating preferences for innovative sustainability solutions;
- Advise on requirements for training of purchasing staff, users of goods and services, and/or suppliers based on sustainability considerations;
- Identify opportunities for continuous improvement of the work plan; and
- Prepare an annual summary that contains details of spending, effectiveness of the work plan, and any improvements made through the year.
- The Office of Campus Sustainability will contribute lessons learned from this program to the broader community of professionals working to promote sustainable purchasing. This could include sharing in annual reports, case studies to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s portal, and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.
IV. Supply Purchasing
All paper products will meet the following standards:
- 100% recycled printer and copier paper.
- Other paper products that contain the highest recycled content available.
Buyers will purchase products such as non-paper office products that contain the highest post-consumer content available, but no less than the minimum recycled content standards established by the US EPA. Note that EPA’s recommendations do not preclude procuring agencies from purchasing non-paper office products made from the materials manufactured using other materials, such as wood or cloth. EPA simply recommends that procuring agencies, when purchasing non-paper office products made from the materials designated in the procurement guidelines, purchase these products containing recovered materials.
Buyers will purchase remanufactured products, such as toner cartridges, whenever practicable, but without reducing safety, quality, or effectiveness. Buyers will also reduce or eliminate use of products that contribute to the formation of dioxins and furans by prohibiting purchase of products that contain or are packing in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) such as office binders and other supplies.
See Appendix A for a list of non-paper products and associated standards for each item.
Personnel from multiple departments sit in The Kendeda Building Office. The purchase of staff computers, monitors, and associated peripherals, and other information and communication technology (ICT) equipment is managed by each department’s Information Technology unit. The Building Director will encourage The Kendeda Building office occupants to request the purchase of personal computers, notebook computers, and monitors that meet at least the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Bronze rating level, with a preference for Silver or Gold rating.
For all ICT equipment not currently rated according to EPEAT standards, such as computer servers, printers, routers, the Building Director will encourage the purchase of options that minimize levels of toxic components, ensure the highest level of energy efficiency, incorporate recycled content, facilitate end-of-life recycling, and/or minimize unnecessary packaging.
For product categories where an EPEAT standard is in development, now or in future, once a product standard and registration process is in force, all products shall meet the minimum relevant EPEAT standard.
Coffee Cart Products
While The Kendeda Building does not currently have a coffee cart, when it does, the following supply purchasing guidelines will apply:
- All service ware purchased by the coffee cart vendor must be designated as a certified compostable product.
- All plant based plastics should be purchased in a green color to facilitate disposal.
- All condiments will be purchased and displayed in bulk containers, no single use packages will be made available.
- Cleaning products must adhere to Living Building Challenge standards as defined in the Green Cleaning Work Plan.
Makerspace / Design Studio Products
The makerspace / design studio will have a 3D printer. The filament used in the 3D printer will be made from cornstarch.
Instructors will review all laboratory chemicals against the Red List. If any are not in compliance the instructor will have to demonstrate there is not a suitable alternative. Compliance with the Red List for lab chemicals is a voluntary action and not a requirement of the Living Building Challenge.
See Appendix B for equipment that should be purchased; instructors will search for sustainable products where appropriate but are not required to meet any standards under the Living Building Challenge.
Special Events Products
- See www.sustain.gatech.edu/take-action/green-your-event.
- See https://livingbuilding.gatech.edu/reservations-guidelines-and-room-specifications.
V. Resource Recovery
Composting and recycling bins are present throughout the interior and exterior of the building. Composting and recycling bins are serviced by different departments based on waste stream and their location in the building. The information below provides details regarding which waste materials are collected in the building, how waste materials are collected in the various spaces types, i.e., restrooms, common spaces, etc., and images of the collection bins that are used in the building.
- Aluminum cans only.
- No aluminum foil, trays, etc.
- Aluminum can bins are serviced by OSWM&R staff.
- Batteries are collected by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) personnel on an as needed basis after being notified by The Kendeda Building Director.
- Only cardboard with a wavy middle layer.
- Paperboard, such as cereal boxes, should be placed in the mixed paper bin.
- Boxes should be broken down flat.
- Corrugated cardboard is picked up from the loading area by OSWM&R staff.
- Food scraps.
- Paper-based and certified compostable food packaging.
- Paper towels and napkins.
- Compost bins are serviced by Building Services
- Compost vendor is local and compost is returned to local, community gardens.
- Landscape waste – see Landscape Operations and Maintenance Work Plan.
- OSWM&R will pick up documents that need to be shredded by request.
- Old electronics are collected and recycled by Georgia Tech Surplus: http://www.procurement.gatech.edu/logistics/surplus.
See Catering Guidelines.
- Furniture is collected by Georgia Tech Surplus: http://www.procurement.gatech.edu/logistics/surplus.
- Clear, green, and brown glass bottles and jars only.
- No laboratory glass.
- Glass bins are serviced by OSWM&R staff on Tuesdays.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request pickup of mixed metals.
- Mixed paper includes Office paper (all colors):
- Junk mail
- File folders
- Paperback books
- Adhesive notes
- Paperboard (such as cereal boxes)
- OSWM&R staff empties the recycling bins.
- Pallets are picked up from the designated spot in the loading area on Fridays.
- Rigid plastic bottles and containers only.
- No plastic film, plastic bags, or polystyrene foam.
- Plastic bins are serviced by OSWM&R staff.
- Plastic film is collected by OSWM&R and brought to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, a local hard to recycle vendor.
- Styrofoam is collected by the OSWM&R and brought to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, a local hard to recycle vendor.
- Contact Staples to request a collection bin.
These are materials for which Georgia Tech does not currently have a recycling program. Examples of acceptable items include:
- Aluminum Foil
- Plastic Film
These items will be OSWM&R and brought to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. Waste streams from the Makers Space / Design Studio will be monitored to determine whether they can be recycled or reused.
The following is an overview how servicing various streams falls under different departments on campus:
|Waste/Recycling Steam||Responsible Department|
|Trash – Indoor||Building Services|
|Compost – Indoor||Building Services|
|Metals – Indoor||OSWM&R|
|Plastics – Indoor||OSWM&R|
|Paper – Indoor||OSWM&R|
|Hard To Recycle – Glass, Batteries, Styrofoam, Plastic Film||OSWM&R|
|Trash – Outdoor||Landscape Services|
|Compost – Outdoor||Landscape Services|
|Plastics – Outdoor||OSWM&R|
|Metals – Outdoor||OSWM&R|
Those groups identified as the responsible party above are also in charge of the weight of materials onsite, with the exception of compost and hard to recycle materials, which will be weighed by the vendor. Staff from the responsible department listed above will provide a monthly weight total for the waste/recycling streamt to the building’s Program Support Coordinator for tracking purposes.
Bins by Space Type / Event
The Coffee Cart
While The Kendeda Building does not currently have a coffee cart, when it does thre will be a composting bin for food scraps and coffee grounds.
- Composting bins
- Composting bins for paper towels are located in the restrooms.
- Building Services staff empty the restroom composting bins daily and place the materials in the designated larger bins located in the loading area.
- The composting bins in the loading area are serviced by a third party vendor.
- Trash cans
- Trash cans are emptied daily by Building Services staff.
There are three designated waste, recycling, and composting stations in the building. Two collect:
- Hard to recycle items
One station collects all the above except hard to recycle items.
A designated waste, recycling, and composting stations in the building. This station also accepts
hard to recycle products and coffee waste.
Individual Work Stations
There are no bins at workstations.
Outdoor Waste and Recycling Stations
Outdoor waste and recycling stations contain landfill, plastics, aluminum, and compost containers. These bins (2 in total) are serviced by the Landscape Services team.
One of two outdoor waste and recycling stations.
Liquid Coffee Station
- Container for liquid.
- Container for coffee cups, recycled in the paper recycling stream.
- Container for plastic lids, recycled in the plastics recycling stream.
The liquid coffee station.
- Additional recycling bins for special events can be ordered online at http://www.recycle.gatech.edu/special-event-recycling-request.
- Work with the Program Support Coordinator to obtain additional composting bins.
Appendix A: List of Non-Paper Products
|Non-paper Office Product||Materials Recovered||Post-consumer Recovered Content||Total Recovered Content|
|Recycling Containers and Waste Receptacles||Plastic
|Paper – Corrugated||25-50%||25-50%|
|Paper – Solid Fiber Boxes||40%||-|
|Paper – Industrial Paperboard||40-80%||100%|
|Desktop Accessories (desk organizers, sorters, trays, and memo, note, and pencil holders)||Plastic||25-80%||-|
|Solid Plastic – High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)||90%||90%|
|Solid Plastic - Polyethylene||30-50%||30-50%|
|Solid Plastic – Polyethylene Terephthalate||100%||100%|
|Solid Plastic – Misc.||80%||80%|
EPA recommends the return of used toner cartridges for remanufacturing and reuse or purchasing a remanufactured or recycled-content replacement cartridge
EPA recommends the procurement of printer ribbon re-inking or reloading services, or re-inked or reloaded printer ribbons.
|Plastic File Folders||HDPE|
|Plastic Clop Portfolios||HDPE|
Appendix B: List of Laboratory Products
|Equipment / Supplies||Description||#||Plan to Reuse||Plan to Repurchase||Plug In||Battery||Rechargeable Battery|
|3-hole punch||Any type||1||x|
|3-ring binders||0.5-1" 3-ring binders any type||4||x|
|API aquarium test strips||pk of 25 in a small plastic tube||6||x|
|Apples||Or other fruit/vegetable food waste to feed mealworms||12||x|
|Balance Analytical||Ohaus Adventurer analytical balance (0.1mg)||2||x||x|
|Balance Top loading||Ohaus Scout Portable SPX 440g (0.01g)||4||x||x||x|
|Bean bags||Plastic fabric-like material 4" squares||50||x|
|Binoculars||Bushnell NatureView 10x42||10||x|
|Biohazard waste boxes||Provided by EHS 2x2x2 ft red plastic bag liner||1||x|
|Broken glass container||Cardboard, plastic bag lined for broken glass 12x12x27"||1||x|
|Broom and dust pan||Any type, for cleaning dirt and sand off the lab floor||1||x|
|Buckets||Home Depot for field work and to store substrates||10||x|
|Calipers||Plastic fine calipers||3||x|
|Camera||GoPro Hero6 Black and accessories||4||x||x|
|Camera||Fuji FinePix XP120||1||x||x|
|Camera Video||Handycam FDRAX53 ultra HD||2||x||x|
|Canopy Densiometer||Spherical concave densiometer||4||x|
|Carboy||Nalgene carboy 10-20L||1||x|
|Cart rolling||Lakeside #3 Heavy duty metal||1||x|
|Centrifuge tubes||50 ml disposable plastic centrifuge tubes 50pk - plan to reuse||1||x|
|Chemical spray bottle||Several gallons, hand pump spray, used for water only||1||x|
|Chick crumbles||20lb commercial baby chicken food for mealworms paper bag||1||x|
|Clickers||Metal or plastic hand counters||16||x|
|Clinometer||Plastic protractor with straw, string, and metal nut||6||x|
|Clipboards||Standard plastic clipboards||12||x|
|Compostable pots||Jiffy brand 3.5" 18pk come in plastic holder||8||x|
|Corer||Metal soil core hand tool||2||x|
|Data Collection System||Lab Quest 2 Vernier, accessories and sensors||4||x||x|
|Dice||6 and 12 sided plastic||75||x|
|Dish drying rack||Plastic coated wire with plastic tray kitchen dish rack||2||x|
|Dish soap||Any type||1||x|
|Dissolved Oxygen Meter||YSI Digital professional series ProODO Portable||1||x||x|
|Drawstring bags||7" by 5" velvety||25||x|
|Dry beans||Grocery store bags of dry beans||3||x|
|Dry erase cloth||Microfiber cloth reusable||1||x|
|Dry erase markers||Various colors||6||x|
|Duct tape||Standard duct tape any type||1||x|
|Equipment cases||Medium 20"x15.5"x7"||1||x|
|Equipment cases||Small 15"x12"x6.7"||6||x|
|Eye droppers||Rubber and glass||12||x|
|Fertilizers||Osmocote, miracle gro, phosphate and others||4||x|
|First aid kit||Med sized, will be taken into the field||1||x|
|Flagging tape||Bright color plastic flagging tape||4||x|
|Forceps||Metal tweezers various sizes||13||x|
|Fork||Garden fork hand tool||4||x|
|Funnels||Small and medium plastic funnels||6||x|
|Glass dishes||Pyrex-like medium sized glass dishes, few with plastic lids||12||x|
|Glass media bottles||250 ml to 2L Pyrex with plastic lids||10||x|
|Glass petri plates||Reusable glass to replace plastic||6||x|
|GPS||Garmin GPS76 Marine Navigator||7||x||x|
|GPS Beacon Receiver||MBX-3S CSI wireless with nylon backpacks||2||x|
|Graduated cylinders||1L and 100 ml||4||x|
|Gravel||Bucket of gravel||1||x|
|Grocery bags||Reusable cloth grocery bags||6||x|
|Hand soap||Antimicrobial preferred||1||x|
|Hand lenses||Metal frame, glass magnifiers on nylon lanyards||4||x|
|Humidity / Temp Sensor||Extech Instruments IR thermometer + humidity meter RH101||1||x||x|
|Hydroponic growing medium||Bucket of clay pellets||1||x|
|Ice cube trays||Plastic ice cube trays||6||x|
|Incubator||Fisher Scientific Isotemp Model 637D||1||x||x|
|Insect collection||Shadow box, dozen plastic tubes||1||x|
|Insect spray||Option for students and TA field use any type||1||x|
|Kimwipes||Boxes of laboratory tissues||2||x|
|Lab coats||For TA and instructor use various sizes and materials||6||x|
|Lab pens||Chemical resistant permanent fine markers||12||x|
|Lab tape large||Laboratory tape 3" core 0.5-1" wide||2||x|
|Lab tape small||Laboratory tape 1" core 0.5-1" wide||6||x|
|Label stakes||Small plastic label stakes pk of 25||2||x|
|Laminated paper guides||Stream guides||50|
|LaMotte Biopaddles||Total coliform test kit 10pk||2||x|
|Lanyard||Nylon (probably) cord with metal clasp||32||x|
|Lens paper||Microscope lens cleaning paper pads||3||x|
|Light Meter||LI-COR Light Meter Li-250A||3||x||x|
|Long handle scoop||Metal scoop used to transfer dry material to balances||2||x|
|Magnifying glasses||Small 3-4" Carolina brand||10||x|
|Marker pens||Sharpie black marker type||6||x|
|Mesh||Fine plankton size mesh by the yard||5||x|
|Metal trays||Painted metal trays||3||x|
|Meter Tapes||Compact 10-15m||6||x|
|Meter Tapes||Large 50 m length||5||x|
|Micropipette tips||Plastic disposable in plastic boxes of 96||20||x|
|Micropipettes||Gilson p1,000, p200, p20 set||4||x|
|Microscope Compound||Leica DM500 LED||16||x||x|
|Microscope Compound||Leica DM750 LED with camera ICC@50||2||x||x|
|Microscope Dissecting||Olympus SZ51 with dark field base illumination||8||x||x|
|Microscope slide cover slips||Plastic disposable boxes of 100||2||x|
|Microscope slides||Plain glass reusable slides boxes of 100||2||x|
|Microscope slides prepared||Plastic box containing 12 prepared specimen slides||5||x|
|Modular plastic hoops||Colored plastic units that fit together||60||x|
|Multimeter||YSI 63 pH Salinity Conductivity Temp Model 63-10FT||1||x||x|
|Nested cup sets||Metric measuring cup sets to 1L set of 5||7||x|
|Net D-Frame||D-Frame dip net small||2||x|
|Net Insect||BugDorm brand telescopic handle||2||x|
|Net Kick||Large Invertebrate Kick Nets, various mesh sizes, long handles||7||x|
|Net Plankton||LaMotte small nets 5in x 15in 153um||3||x|
|Net Plankton||Rectangular opening 363um||1||x|
|Net Plankton||Watermark Plankton Nets 150um||3||x|
|Net Plankton||Watermark Plankton Nets 80um||3||x|
|Net Surber||Wildlife Supply Stream bottom sampler 12x12"||1||x|
|Net Tri||Triangle Shaped Invertebrate dip nets||2||x|
|Nitrate Meter||Hanna Checker ultra low range nitrate meter Marine HI764||1||x||x|
|Nitrile gloves||Disposable gloves - rarely used 4 boxes each size S,M,L,XL||16||x|
|Paint brushes||Small natural and artificial hair||19||x|
|Paint pens||Pack of 12 assorted colors||12||x|
|Paper||Various sheets of paper - guides and handouts||100||x|
|Paper badge insert||ID sized paper badge reused term to term||32||x|
|Phosphate Meter||Hanna Checker low range phosphate meter Marine/Freshwater HI713||1||x||x|
|Ping pong balls||To measure stream velocity, attached to string||6||x|
|Pipet pumps||10 ml green hand pump||12||x|
|Pitfall traps||Plastic drinking cup, plastic funnel, plastic roof, metal stakes||12||x|
|Plant light cart||Plant cart 3-tier LED 40 watts total (functional without power)||2||x||x|
|Plastic 32oz lidded container||Gladware sealable plastic container||15||x|
|Plastic badge holder||Clear plastic reusable||32||x|
|Plastic bin||Meal worm colony home, 24"W 6"H x 16"D with lid||1||x|
|Plastic poker chips||Packs of 100||8||x|
|Plastic tanks||Deep reusable plastic tanks 12"x8"x8'||14||x|
|Radio - Walkie Talkie||Uniden Two-way radios with charger||2||x||x|
|Radio - Walkie Talkie||Uniden Two-way radios with charger Model RC6248||1||x||x|
|Radish seeds||Cherry belle from Harris seeds 1,000pk||2||x|
|Refractometer||Salt Salinity 0-100 ppt||1||x|
|Rolling step||Rubbermaid movable step up to reach high shelves||1||x|
|Rubber boots||Variety of sizes||24+||x|
|Rubber field gloves||Variety of sizes Reusable||8||x|
|Rulers||Plastic 12 inch rulers||8||x|
|Safety glasses||TA and instructor use||6||x|
|Sampling containers||Reusable plastic 50-200ml for water samples||50||x|
|Sand||Bag of play sand reused||1||x|
|Scoopulas||Metal scoop used to transfer dry material to balances||6||x|
|Secchi Disk||Secchi disk on rope||3||x|
|Sedgwick counting cells||Reusable plastic microscope counting cell||6||x|
|Serological pipets||10 ml Glass - can clean and reuse pk of 100||2||x|
|Sidewalk chalk||Multicolor pk of 20||2||x|
|Sieve Set||Plastic stacked sieve set||1||x|
|Sieve set||Set of 6 plastic with metal mesh sieves in different sizes||1||x|
|Soil||32QT bag of soil||1||x|
|Sponge||Standard kitchen sponge for cleaning||2||x|
|Spoon||Metal kitchen spoon||11||x|
|Spot plates||Ceramic and glass||22||x|
|Stop watches||Battery powered||6||x||x|
|Strainers||Metal kitchen strainer 6"||5||x|
|String||Roll of nylon string brightly colored||2||x|
|Sunscreen||Option for students and TA field use any type||1||x|
|Temperature IR||Nubee handheld IR thermometer||1||x||x|
|Temperature Probe||Cooper-Atkins waterproof digital pocket thermometer||6||x||x|
|Temperature Sensor||Fisher Traceable Memory Thermometer Cat # 15-077-8D||1||x||x|
|Test strips||Many different types of strips in plastic containers||6||x|
|Thermometers||Glass red liquid filled||2||x|
|Towel strips||Rags reusable||12||x|
|Tripour beakers||Plastic reusable||12||x|
|Trowels||Small hand trowels||8||x|
|Tube cleaners||Plastic bristle wire brushes to clean glassware various sizes||4||x|
|Water and soil test kits||LaMotte, plastic boxes, plastic reagent bottles, etc.||12||x|
|Waders||Chest waders, variety of sizes||16||x|
|Water Sampler Van Dorn||WildCo Alpha Bottle 2.2L Horizontal P/N 1120-H45||3||x|
|Water Sampler Van Dorn||WildCo small Bottle ~1L Horizontal 7500-B20||1||x|
|Water spray bottles||Plastic standard||4||x|
|Water squirt bottle||Laboratory bottles||3||x|
|Weigh boats||Plastic - reusable or not pk of 50||3||x|
|Wheat seeds||Organic from whole foods by the pound||1||x|
|Wooden applicators||One box Fisherbrand 6" small sticks||100||x|
|Yard sticks||Wooden 1m sticks||6||x|
|Zip ties||Various sizes||100||x|
|Ziploc bags||Various sizes||20||x|