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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Dining Halls are Working Towards our Zero Waste Goal!

The dining halls are back tackling the big issue of food waste and helping to educate our new crop of UCSC Slugs! A new style of service was introduced this fall in an attempt to help minimize uneaten food scraps being sent to the compost facility--think zero waste! Many of the hot food service lines were converted from "self service" to "staff served" plates. 

It appears to be working after the first plate-waste food audit at Porter/Kresge dining hall during lunch on October 16. The amount of uneaten food was reduced from a previous 2.4 oz per plate to 1.7 oz per plate! 

This might not seem like a big deal, but the dining halls are serving 25,000 meals a day! Yes, UCSC's dining halls are all-you-care-to-enjoy, however we are still delivering the consistent message: "take what you like, but eat what you take!" Congratulations to our dining halls and thank you for supporting our campus-wide goal of moving towards zero waste!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

We have now conducted plate waste audits at College 8/Oakes and also most recently College 9 & 10,

Both of these locations are also trending on reduced waste, so it appears like the new service model of plating most entrees for our guests is helping to reduce waste!