BGSU campus diners decrease waste via Clean Plate project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 08:46
There is more than enough food to feed the entire world's population. However due to poverty and food emergencies men, women, and children are unable to purchase or produce their own and go hungry and malnourished every day. Food waste is a contributing factor to the problem, which is one reason Bowling Green State University's Dining Services has  implemented Project: Clean Plate.
BGSU Dining provider Chartwells, along with the Campus Sustainability Committee and Dining Advisory Board, put into place an educational awareness promotion based on Project: Clean Plate to reduce the amount of food waste in the all-you-care-to-eat facilities. The promotion brought about awareness of waste management. BGSU Dining challenged its patrons to reduce its waste during the week of March 18 by committing to donating toward the United Way Foundation based on the decrease in waste in comparison to the week prior.
BGSU Dining recruited volunteers who worked at both the Oaks and Carillon Place Dining Centers, speaking with students about the impact of waste and ways to reduce the amount that each student creates while dining in the facilities. Some suggestions included: taking smaller portions, sampling new dishes before taking a full serving, taking half versus whole sandwiches.
The Oaks decreased the per-person waste by .116 pounds and 345 pounds overall. Carillon Place decreased waste by 210 pounds overall during peak lunch and dinner times. Combined, the all-you-care-to-eat facilities saved 555 pounds of waste during one week and decreased .086 pounds of waste per person. If the students, faculty, staff and patrons continue at this pace, 4.5 tons of waste could be saved per semester - 9 tons per academic year.
By reducing waste, they reduce costs for all dining hall patrons, making it possible for BGSU Dining to maintain current prices.
With the significant waste savings during the week of March 18, BGSU Dining will be able to donate toward the United Way Foundation in the name of the students, faculty, staff and patrons.

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