For the most recent school year, HFS planned, coordinated and distributed 7,000 free reusable cups to residents as a way to reduce the use of compostable cups. (Compostable cups are an advance over the non-compostable cup, but there are still sustainability advantages in opting for reusable cups.)
That project earned HFS a bronze award in the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) 2018 Sustainability Awards contest. The prize, in the Waste Management category, was presented during the National Conference held in Providence, Rhode Island, in mid-July.
“We appreciate the recognition and will continue to find ways to reduce our waste, including the compost,” said UW Dining Director Gary Goldberg.
Estimated reductions for the recent school year are 498,000 cups and lids saved and 7.64 tons of waste diverted.
The NACUFS Sustainability Awards annually recognize and honor member institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations.