We finished the semester with the following accomplishments.
We successfully converted our retail operations to fully compostable disposable products. Based on our purchases we estimate a savings of approx. 3k per year as compared to the plastic – petroleum based products we had previously been using. Our production areas are also collecting food trimmings for composting, as well as the dish room which has been pulping waste for some time.
As part of our Commencement reception we worked with the Office of Sustainability on campus to use only compostable service wear.
Our Facilities Department has recently signed a new contract for waste removal. Moving forward we anticipate additional support of our sustainability initiatives on campus.
We are currently working with the Office of Sustainability and our Student Managers of our campus Organic Garden who will begin supplying our dining hall with the products they are growing. We have had discussions on their crop plan as it relates to staggered plantings and anticipated yields to meet our needs. We received our first delivery this past week of beautiful lettuces. This week we are anticipating Radishes, Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard and a variety of lettuces.