Welcome back to Ithaca and to a bright new year! We hope you all enjoyed a restorative winter break and had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. As the new semester begins, IC Dining’s resolution is to be more mindful of the impact the choices we make have on our world. Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan that focuses on action in four key areas guides our commitment to Sustainability: health, planet, community and our people, check it out. You can help us make our campus more sustainable by making mindful choices that have meaningful impacts, small steps every day.
Food waste has been a recurring topic in the national media, and it makes sense for us to evaluate our performances. Last semester, the result of Weigh the Waste indicated 0.10 lbs. of waste per person for dinner at Terrace dining hall. Well, the USDA points out that the average person in the U.S. wastes approximately 0.30 lbs. per meal. Therefore, we are doing well compared to the national average, being below average is a good thing! In addition, Ithaca College has been diverting food scraps to composting since 1993. And 125 gallons of unusable oil from the dining halls is used to produce 100 gallons of fuel every week. Moreover, Stop Wasting Ithaca's Food Today (SWIFT) recovers food twice a week for donation to the Rescue Mission, ensuring that IC dining halls’ excess food is not wasted.
This semester, IC Dining is participating in Recycelemania to reinforce the practice of recycling. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. In turn, they are ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.
We are ready to roll! And we hope you are ready too!