Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Earth Week 2011 Review

Our week-long celebration of Earth Day has come to a close. As interns it was our pleasure to provide the Ithaca College community with events relating to sustainability and provide "green" giveaways to promote reusable (instead of disposable) container use. In case you missed out, be sure to view the event pictures below!

Click to view a slide show of Earth Week 2011 Event Pictures
Veggie Teach-In: We hope everyone enjoyed the all-vegan meal served at the Exhibition station in Terrace Dining Hall on Monday April 18th! We received a lot of positive feedback from students who ordered the meal. In fact, the veggie burgers were gone within a half hour of opening!

This year Carbon Nation was back by popular demand. The documentary discusses a more environmentally friendly approach to doing business, all while raking in more green (and we don't mean the stuff in your front yard). All of the delicious organic and local food was enjoyed by Ithaca College students. Everyone who attended also left with hand-fulls of free giveaways.

Energy Tour: Special Thanks to members of the Energy Initiative Team for leading the tour and Mary-Margaret Cimino for filming it! We look forward to providing you with a behind-the-scenes view of new energy-saving equipment installed over the past 2 years.

Sustainability Pledge: In three hours, over forty students pledged to become more sustainable at our event in the Food Court! We enjoyed 4 large sheet worms and dirt sheet cakes and gave out hundreds of reusable water bottles.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Benefits of Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

View a handout of the many health and environmental benefits of eating a vegetarian and vegan diet by clicking the image below.

To kick off Earth Week, come to the Veggie Teach-In and try vegan food at Terraces on Monday during dinner!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Earth Week 2011 Events

The time has finally arrived!

Don't miss out on the many free giveaways dining services is giving out in celebration of Earth Week! Sustainability interns will be at the following events giving away reusable water bottles, mugs, and raffling a bag full of green giveaways:

Monday, April 18th

Veggie Teach-In
Terrace Dining Hall, Dinner (5:30-8:00)
Fresh Made Salsa 
with tortilla chips 
Lentil Burgers
Glazed Sweet Potatoes (At Exhibition Station)
Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake

Students have the opportunity to come to Terrace Dining Hall during dinner to experience new vegan recipes and gain new insight to eating this type of diet from environmental groups on campus. Students and Faculty without meal plans are also encouraged to attend this event, though they will have to pay upon entry. 
Tuesday, April 19th

Carbon Nation Movie Showing
CNS 112:  7:00-9:00
Sustainable Catering Items
  • Organic Vegetable Display (broccoli, celery, carrots, dip)  
  • Crackerman Crackers and Cheese Platter (local crackers, local & organic cheeses)   
  • Pita Crisps with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (organic)
Giveaways: Green raffle bag, t-shirts, and 20 water bottles given to the first 20 arrivals

Don't miss out on your chance to see an optimistic and witty film about climate change solutions. 

Thursday, April 21st

Energy Walk-through Tour
 Taughannock Falls Meeting Room, 1:30-3:30
Menu: Worms and Dirt Cake, Punch

Giveaways: Green raffle bag, t-shirts, 20 mugs, and 20 water bottles

The tour will highlight energy saved since the energy audit completed January 2009 and show the Ithaca College community equipment replaced as a result of the project. The tour will be hosted by members of the Energy Initiative Team.

Friday, April 22nd

Earth Day Event, Sustainability Pledge
Food Court, 11:00-2:00
Menu: Worms and Dirt Cake
Giveaway: Green raffle bag, 75 water bottles, and 75 mugs 

 Students will win free reusable giveaways after signing a sustainability pledge.

Concert, Acoustic Tribute to Ma Earth
Emerson Suites, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Dining Services is providing food at the event sponsored by IC Environmental Society (ICES) and the Resource and Environmental Management Program (REMP)

 Sustainable Catering  Items
  • Assorted Organic Whole Fruit (apples, oranges, bananas, pears)  
  • Organic Vegetable Platter (broccoli, celery, carrots, dip)
  • Pita Crisps with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (organic 
  • Green Mountain Fair Trade coffee Service (regular, decaf, fair trade tea) 

    Celebrate Earth Day with an acoustic concert and learn about student groups on campus devoted to environmental conservation.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Julie Whitten at jwhitten@ithaca.edu or call 607-274-1187.

Friday, April 8, 2011

NCUR Recap

During our Presentation

NCUR was definitely a success. It was so great to be placed at the entry of Hill, where attendees went for their meals, because often we answered generic questions people had along with talking to them about dining sustainability. CRT (compost-recycling-trash) staff and dining interns sported "Sustainability Team" t-shirts too!
Nutrition intern, Leigh, and Lyndsay, a volunteer, at Sustainability Table in the Hill Center
While tabling, we received countless compliments about the college's commitment to sustainability -it really blew a lot of people away. Conference attendees were amazed that we were able to accomplish what we did with an event of this size. Ithaca College set an example for many other student leaders to bring back to their colleges and university. Our presentation on "Student Driven Sustainability Initiatives: Ithaca Dining Services" left standing room only.  We had  many questions and conversations at the with students who are interested in implementing more sustainability into their institution's dining services.  Throughout the conference, we met people from all over the nation trying to make a difference; some who have made progress and some who are struggling.  It was great to see so many students especially, with the same goals and passions!

To view a complete list of what Ithaca Dining Services did to have such a sustainable conference, click here.
To view our power point presentation, click here.

All the hard work put in by Ithaca Dining Services and the NCUR planning committee definitively paid off!