In an effort to reduce waste on campus, CSUN Dining provides the following materials to assist with CSUN Garden's food composting activities:
Pre- and Post-Consumer Food Waste Diversion
CSUN Dining is also diverting from the landfill pre- and post-consumer food waste generated at Geronimo's and Bamboo Terrace. This compostable material is taken to a local composting facility and turned into rich fertilizer.
To allow for maximum waste diversion, Geronimo's and Bamboo Terrace have decided to go strawless. Straws are made from non-compostable plastic and cannot be included with the compostable materials.
Additionally CSUN Dining is currently participating in a 3 year US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge (FRC). Working with the CSUN Institute of Sustainability, CSUN Dining has had over 26 tons of food waste diverted from the landfill and turned into compost.
- 2012: Baseline – 1.4 tons
- 2013: Goal – 2.8 tons / Actual – 8 tons
- 2014: Goal – 4 tons / Actual – 12.5 tons
- 2015: Goal – 8 tons / Actual – 18 tons
The waste diversion programs in place are helping CSUN Dining get one step closer to becoming a zero waste facility.
Award and Recognition
CSUN has achieved regional recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Sustainable Materials Management Program as a recipient of a 2014 Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) Certificate of Achievement.
CSUN received an award for Best Practices in Innovative Waste Reduction for the project, “Integrating pre-consumer waste diversion and organic food gardening in a learning opportunity” at the 2015 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The project lead was Institute for Sustainability Faculty Associate, Mario Giraldo, who heads the coordinated effort between the Institute and CSUN Dining, diverting waste from campus kitchens and Freudian Sip coffee shops. This provides cost savings to the university, advances a zero-waste agenda, fosters a culture of sustainability, and provides work experience for students. To learn more about this program click here.
Campus Wide Waste Diversion Information
For real time waste diversion information click here.
CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability is in need of student volunteers to assist in the campus garden. This would be a great opportunity to get involved with campus sustainability projects as well as meet other like-minded students.
To volunteer and get more information on the project visit http://www.csun.edu/sustainability/ and sign-in under the section “Connect”.