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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year… For Waste

We’re finally approaching the end of the semester. For most of us, finals are so close to being over that we can almost taste the sweet, sweet freedom from exams, due dates and 8 AMs. The upcoming break will be an exciting time to partake in holiday festivities! Unfortunately, this is a notorious time of the year for waste. ”How can I fully enjoy this season without destroying my favorite planet”, you might ask. Well, inquisitive and concerned reader, the good news is that I’m here to tell you that there are green ways to spend the holidays!

Sustainability While Studying (NOT Stress)

Midterms are daunting times of the semester and for many students, myself included, it’s hard to think about anything else besides the information on the test and the fear of failing. Being sustainable during the most stressful times of college might be the last thing on your mind, but there are simple ways that will save you money so you can spend it after that statics, physics or ecology test to celebrate!

Turning Halloween into Hallo-Green

What’s spookier than goblins, ghouls, monsters, witches and werewolves? A planet with depleting resources and increasing waste!

Every year, we buy a flimsy costume accessorized with plastic, put up superfluous house decorations that take up energy, and consume copious amounts of sugar wrapped in plastic packaging. By nature, Halloween is a wasteful time of year, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Recycling on Campus

Thanks to everyone who donated items to our World Food Day food drive on Monday! I’m so glad the UB community came together to alleviate hunger locally. Shout out to our raffle winner, Emily Luchterhand, for not only bringing in items for our food drive, but for also bringing additional non-perishables when she came to pick up her new mountain bike at the CDS office!

World Food Day 2017

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.

Recap: Pride of NY Showcase

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:
Barilla
Chobani
Boulevard Produce
Costanzo’s Bakery
James Desiderio Produce
Frito Lay
Galbani/ Sorrento
General Mills
McCullagh Coffee
Pepsico
Perry’s Ice Cream
Rich’s

Made in New York: Wholesome, Delicious Foods Found Right in Your Own Backyard

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.

Introducing Your New Student Sustainability Coordinator

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).

Summer Sustainability Tips!

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.

Statler Commissary and Composting

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.