Erase the Waste

Changes are afoot at the University of Florida. In addition to becoming more sustainable in general–with a goal of producing zero waste by 2015–Gator Dining Services just launched the “Erase the Waste” campaign.

The program focuses on getting students and staff to think about reducing food waste. Most schools don’t ask students to change their behavior, they just make wasting food (and overeating) more difficult by removing trays.

U. of F did that, too, going trayless this summer, and is now asking its students to go further by taking only what they’ll eat.image courtesy of Gator Dining The main component of the “Erase the Waste” campaign is getting students and employees to sign this pledge online and at campus dining halls:

I pledge to reduce my environmental footprint by incorporating some/all of the following practices into my life

–Take only what I know I will eat and go back for seconds.

–Properly plan trips to the grocery store to avoid over-buying.

–Compost food scraps at home.

–Grow my own produce or herbs to use as needed.

–Use leftovers for another meal or recipe.

While I’m not sure if the pledge is aimed at non-Gators (humans?), I signed it. I find it encouraging that they’re involving faculty and staff in the initiative, too. Because we all have a role to play in reducing waste.

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  1. Robert
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Just a thought…If everybody at the University of Florida, or everywhere else for that matter, would cut the calorie intake to what was needed and not what they want it would also cut down on the amount of food in general being used. This would help curb obesity and lower the price of food somewhat.

  2. Posted October 2, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of a University implementing a program like that. It sounds like a great way to reduce waste and consumption in the dining halls. Now if we could just get them to shut off the lights in all of their buildings when they’re not in use, and turn down the heat and A.C., we’d be golden!

  3. Posted October 13, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Go Gators! Thank you for writing about this. I’m a very proud alumna right now! One of the reasons why I still love living in Gainesville is that it’s a very green-minded city. Plus, the almost daily summer showers make gardening a lot easier ; )

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