Category Archives: College

Waste Weigh Friday

Last Friday, I helped oversee a cafeteria waste audit at Bucknell. It was my last day at the school and it was a nice culmination to a week of food waste awareness. It felt like a final exam–to gauge the impact of the week’s conversations, the posters in the cafeteria and a previous waste weigh. [...]

April 15, 2013 | Also posted in General, Personal, Worth a Thousand Words | Comments closed

(Almost) Zero Waste

As part of my visit to Bucknell University this week, I organized a Zero Waste Dinner for a group of interested students. The idea was to create a meal that would produce no waste of any kind–be it food, paper or plastic. In addition to enjoying what they cooked, teams of students were involved in [...]

April 12, 2013 | Also posted in Personal, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Encouraging Signs

I’m back at Bucknell University for the third of four week-long stints as an expert-in-residence. I’ll be guest lecturing in a variety of classes, leading a zero waste dinner and facilitating a waste weigh. I always relish the chance to discuss food waste with young folks–be it through giving talks, teaching or other. But perhaps [...]

April 8, 2013 | Also posted in Personal | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

The NRDC’s Switchboard blog provides a thought-provoking view on the latest thinking from British businesses on how to reduce food waste. And it all starts with a different mindset: that reducing food waste can yield increased revenue. — — On the topic of helping with the bottom line, free food waste reduction seminars would certainly [...]

April 5, 2013 | Also posted in Friday Buffet, International | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

During a recent panel on food waste, the California Board of Food and Agriculture announced a goal to double the amount of produce donated to the California Association of Food Banks’ Farm to Family program by 2015. That’s exciting because it will mean more nutritious foods going to those in need. And wasted food takes on added significance in California, given [...]

March 8, 2013 | Also posted in Farm, Food Recovery, International, Leftovers | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

At last–a peer-reviewed analysis of trayless dining! Two American University researchers found that removing trays at their all-you-can-eat cafeteria cut food waste by 32%. What’s more, diners use 27% fewer dishes, leading to water and energy savings. — — As we learn here, cutting food waste would go a long way toward making our food [...]

December 21, 2012 | Also posted in Anaerobic Digestion, Composting, Energy, Environment, Stats, Trayless | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

The NRDC is at it again, this time publishing an issue brief on fruit and vegetable loss at the farm and packing level. Hot off the press! — — Here are a few Big Facts: 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally every year. That equates to 6-10% of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. — [...]

December 14, 2012 | Also posted in Composting, Environment, International, Stats | Comments closed

Positive Signs

During my previous trip to Bucknell, where I have a series of week-long engagements, I visited Nancy White’s Mindful Consumption class a few times. The students then had an assignment to create awareness-raising signs on food waste. To my great delight, these signs are now hanging in Bucknell’s (trayless) cafeteria, where John Cummins and his [...]

December 12, 2012 | Also posted in Personal | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Food is too cheap, according to the head of Unilever, which prompts much waste in the developed world. Yes, but…there are still so many who don’t get enough to eat. Meanwhile, in that same article, we learn that Londoners waste half the food they buy. — — Not to be outdone, the entire country of [...]

November 9, 2012 | Also posted in International, Supermarket | Comments closed

Waste Weigh Debrief

On Friday, I oversaw a waste weigh at Bucknell University. I updated Friday’s post with the results, but I want to provide more context. Here goes… The logistics: students scraped their plate remains into a clear container atop a large scale. This waste weigh setup was just in front of the plate return belt, making [...]

October 22, 2012 | Also posted in Personal | Comments closed
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