The final President’s Picnic of 2016 was held in Grafton on Wednesday, June 15th, a lovely and sunny conclusion to the annual year-end event series.
Drinks and condiments were served in bulk, which cut back on the amount of plastic and other packaging waste produced during the event.
Attendees were encouraged to BYOP — bring your own plates — as another way to reduce waste. Over 80 people brought their own dishes.
Anyone who brought their own dishes, cups, or utensils was entered into a raffle for a special prize. The first 50 visitors to our table also got a prize automatically!
Lillian of Student Services at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine won the top prize – a reusable, stainless steel lunch kit and utensil set!
Recycling interns helped sort recycling and compost at special Zero Waste Stations.
6 bags of recycling were collected, weighing about 48 pounds, while there were 40 pounds of food waste. Trash from the entire event fit into a tiny bag and weighed less than 2 pounds!
The lunch was catered by Loaves and Fishes.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this event zero waste!
See all the photos here.
President Monaco hosted the second of three President’s Picnics on Monday, June 13th, at the Boston Campus. The annual Picnics bring together staff and faculty on each of Tufts’ campuses to celebrate community and another year of hard work — and is also one of the major zero-waste events held throughout the year.
As part of the zero waste campaign, attendees were encouraged to BYOP — Bring Your Own Plate (and other picnic necessities) — which allowed less reliance on disposable dishes, cutlery, and cups.
Condiments were served in large containers, rather than individual packets, to cut down on packaging waste.
Drinks were likewise served in bulk to reduce waste.
Recycling interns helped sort recycling and compost at special Zero Waste Stations. 17 bags of compost were collected, compared with only one of trash!
The event was catered by Corporate Chefs.
Attendees who brought their own dishes could also win special, sustainable prizes!
Attendees did a fantastic job helping us keep this event zero-waste. We hope everyone enjoyed the great food and company and can carry their sustainable picnic practices into the future!
See all the photos here.
Luther College is currently accepting applications for the position of Food and Farm Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Communities. This is a ten month, full-time, 40 hour/week, position starting February 1, 2016 and ending November 30, 2016. This Fellow will be responsible for day to day operations at the college farm, including student supervision, management of the community garden and carrying out plans for the 2016 season. Additional responsibilities will include marketing and communication, coordinating volunteer opportunities and tours, managing logistics for the Cafeteria to Community Program, implementing composting initiatives, coordinating food education classes and other duties as assigned.
As the dining department of the world’s premier research and teaching institution, R&DE Stanford Dining promotes food as a multidisciplinary educational experience and engages students in food issues such as those related to health, the environment, social equity and the global economy.
Job Purpose: Under direction, advance sustainability program activities and initiative through program design, support and execution.
• Serve as the student contact on sustainability programs and services participation, project idea consideration and refinement, and sourcing suitable faculty and staff supporters.
• Compile data, metrics, evaluations, assessments, and content for program reports.
• Deliver outreach, campus education and training components of sustainability programs and services.
• Lead assigned programs to raise campus awareness of sustainability goals and practices.
• Implement assigned education outreach programs for staff, faculty, and students.
• Mentor student ideas and projects to completion.
• Coordinate meetings and student events to increase and enhance program adoption and greater outreach.
• Contribute to the design of new innovative behavior campaigns.
• Manage and Farm Organic Dining Hall Gardens
• Run on-site compost
• Liaison with Stanford Educational Farm
• Link with the Teaching Kitchen at Stanford
• Organize student gleaning on campus for use in dining halls
• Coordinate BeWell Community Gardens
• Discover small farms and producers to purchase from and partner with
• Create outreach and social media for gardens, classes, and purchasing
The Summer Conference represents the mission of the NOFA Interstate Council, which is to advocate for and educate on organic agriculture, small-scale farming and homesteading in rural, suburban and urban areas, agricultural justice and other related policy issues. The NOFA Summer Conference Coordinator oversees all aspects of the conference, acting as the supervisor of the ten person Summer Conference Committee.