|Submission Date||July 27, 2017|
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Communications and Information Coordinator
In 2015, UNH Dining, Student Senate, and the Sustainability Institute began partnering on a communications campaign called "Take Less, Waste Less." This campaign encourages diners to take only what food they need. Since all UNH Dining halls allow diners to take as much food as they would like, there are opportunities for greater food waste. Students and other diners were engaged with posters, flyers, and social media posts encouraging them to take less food. UNH Dining conducts plate scrape studies each semester. The studies take place in the dining hall and are visible to diners, showing them what happens to their waste.
The difference between the plate scrape data from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, shows a decline in food waste in two of the dining halls. In the largest dining hall, Holloway Commons, 665 pounds of food were wasted in 8 hours during the fall semester. In the spring semester, it was only 540. Anecdotal evidence is that students are cognizant of their food waste and exploring ways to reduce it.
In 2017, the UNH Sustainability Institute coordinate events for Earth Week, working with a variety of campus offices and student groups to inform and celebrate UNH's sustainable learning community. One event, a dumpster dive, was coordinated by UNH's Zero Waste Task Force. Four dumpsters were emptied in a central part of campus for students, faculty, and staff to sort. The dive was designed to showcase waste and what we can recycle on campus.
Another event for Earth Week was a university-wide Day of Service.
The dumpster dive was well attended by the UNH community. It shed light on waste from residence halls and academic buildings. Students who participated learned more about what can and cannot be recycled. The dumpster dive showcased the need for greater outreach efforts related to waste and an assessment of barriers associated with the incorrect disposal of waste.
The Day of Service strengthened the tie between sustainability and community outreach. Many departments and offices were involved in the effort. From a campus clean up to volunteering at community centers, this event was also a success, despite the rainy weather.
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