Next Monday, October 16th, is the 72nd annual celebration of World Food Day. On this day we commemorate the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an agency that focuses on eliminating hunger in developing countries by improving and modernizing production practices.
Hello everybody! The 9th annual Pride of NY showcase was a success! For those of you that attended, I hope you enjoyed yourselves and thank you for coming. It was a beautiful day on Wednesday, so shout out to the weather. I’d also like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the vendors who participated. The vendors who were at the showcase include:
James Desiderio Produce
Perry’s Ice Cream
Hello everyone! Happy autumn! Apples are now in season and you can find New York state apples at any Campus Dining and Shops location. If you’ve ever eaten on campus (which I highly recommend you do), there is a good chance you’ve come across an ingredient made and grown right here in New York. Campus Dining and Shops prides themselves on supporting local farms, distributors and manufacturers. In doing so, CDS also boosts the local economy, providing jobs in the area.
Welcome to the sustainability blog! I hope everyone has been well since Eric’s last post. I’m Maylan Nguyen and I’d like to introduce myself as the new Student Sustainability Coordinator here at Campus Dining and Shops. I am a third year Environmental Geosciences student who loves to stay involved on campus. Last year, I was the Community Standards Coordinator for Greiner Hall Council and I am currently the treasurer of UB Campus Garden Club and UB Advocates for Girl’s Education (formerly known as Girl Effect).
With days remaining before finals week, just about everyone’s mind has surely drifted to thoughts of some warm, poolside evenings, or the feeling of freedom upon arriving at a vacation destination. We’re almost there! I am personally looking forward to spending a week in the Adirondacks and enjoying all the joys that nature can provide. While I’m out there, I’m going to do my best to follow some of the following tips to stay sustainable while enjoying the summer haze.
The Statler Commissary on UB’s north campus serves as the primary food distribution center for Campus Dining and Shops. UB’s catering services are conducted at the commissary, and the ‘grab and go’ foods you find at locations such as Capen Cafe, are made and packaged there daily. Not only does the Campus Dining and Shops maintain the status of #1 food service program among SUNY University Centers (four years running), they also take in the food waste from the UB dining centers for processing into a soil amendment.
Recyclemania is a good-natured competition pining college and university recycling programs against each other to promote activities to reduce the waste produced on their campuses. It began in January of 2001 as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University. Miami came out on top that year and the success of the competition led them to invite other universities to participate the following year. In 2004, the program partnered with the US EPA WasteWise program, and by 2008 four hundred schools were involved!
Just over a year ago I could be found walking through the Student Union, undoubtedly on my way to find my place in the line of groggy students waiting eagerly for their caffeine fix to be satisfied. The weather had been decent and distractions were easy to come by, especially when lacking the aforementioned caffeine. My somnolent mind was making a feeble attempt at organizing the tasks I had in front of me as the semester was drawing to a close, when I was stopped by a group of students tabling in the foyer.
Next week UB will be celebrating the Earth with a multitude of events focused on sustainability and the enjoyment of nature. The UB Office of Sustainability (UBOS) has booked the Student Union, as well as various other locations on campus for engaging activities, informational tabling, workshops and talks. I will update this page as more information comes in, so check in during the coming days for more opportunities to have some Earth themed fun as we approach the end of the semester!
It is April, the first full month of spring and a time of the year where it is really quite difficult not to notice the beauty of our Earth’s yearly cycle. In shopping centers and in people’s backyard greenhouses, plants are being watered, gardens are being planned and hands are getting dirty. Honestly, I could write this entire post on gardening (hint:there is one to come), but this week I’d like to broaden my focus and write about a environmentally conscious phenomenon that is relatively new to me: Sustainability Month.