Monday, April 18, 2016

WasteLESS Week Kickoff

       Today marks the first day of WasteLESS Week at IC! In conjunction with Earth Day this coming Friday, Ithaca Dining Services is hosting a week of events to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. Come to our events in Terrace Dining Hall Wednesday through Friday nights to learn about sustainable food systems and the importance of reducing waste. Also make sure to make an iCommit pledge by vowing to take action to become more sustainable, and enter for your chance to win a fitbit!
       Tuesday is our Choose to Reuse Giveaway. This event will take place at all Grab-and-Go locations across campus in Dillingham, the Library, and Terrace Dining Hall, from 11:30-1:30pm. Come to any of these locations to get your Grab-and-Go meal and receive a free reusable tote, lunch bag, or water bottle. By using reusable items we can eliminate unneeded waste from landfills and save thousands of trees that make our bags and conserve the oil that makes disposable plastic bottles.         Come to Terrace Dining Hall Wednesday during dinner hours from 5-7pm for our Aquaponic and Hydroponic Expo and Info night. Meet the team of Environmental Studies and Science students who created and maintain the system. Learn about the logistics of the systems, how they can are sustainable alternative to conventional agriculture, and how they are incorporated into the dishes we serve on campus. Wednesday is also the first night of our iCommit campaign, so keep on eye out for our table where you can pledge to be more sustainable and enter our raffle.
        Thursday is the second occurrence of our now biannual event, Taste It, Don't Waste It! Taking place in Terrace DH from 5-7pm, come learn about food waste in the United States and do your part by using our sample cups to try our different foods before you take a plateful to prevent from wasting food you don't like. IC's food salvage club SWIFT will also be there to raise awareness about food waste and you can even join their movement to make a bigger impact on campus and in the community.       

       Friday is our big Weigh the Waste event in Terrace DH from 5-7pm! This is the big event of the semester and your chance to prove how sustainable and aware our student body is. Make sure you eat everything on your plate because we will be weighing the excess food waste to compare our waste per person to the national average. Let's try to beat last semester's total of 3 oz per person, which is almost half the national average! REMP will also be tabling to inform students about the issues of waste and how we can work to reduce it. This is also your last night to take the iCommit pledge and enter in our fitbit raffle, so don't miss it.
        Please make sure to come to some or all of our events to see what it's all about and learn what Ithaca Dining Service is doing to help IC be more sustainable and how you can do your part!


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