Posts tagged ‘sustainable food’

Sustain Yourself, Eat Sustainably!

The Yale Office of Sustainability has monthly campaigns relating to different focus areas and October is Sustainable Food Month! Food is such an integral part of our lives, not only as a necessity for survival, but as a routine that reflects our varied lifestyles, cultures, religions and incomes. It is something we all have personal experiences with.

You could say we are all experts on our own food consumption. It’s really empowering to realize that many of us also have the power to reduce waste and CO2 emissions by changing our consumption.  Today I can make a choice to go vegetarian- once a week, twice a week or every day and this will have a direct, positive impact on the environment.

Sometimes we associate dietary changes with depriving ourselves of our favourite foods or eating bland or unsavoury meals, but there are so many creative ways to eat more sustainably: substitute meat for non-meat protein, incorporate more fruits and vegetable into your diet and more – all choices which can be delicious and healthy for you and the earth.  Our health, environmental sustainability and food awareness/curiosity align—definitely a sign to evaluate our diets and find ways to be better to ourselves and to the environment.

I challenge you to go on a sustainable food journey and to take your friends and/or family along for the ride! For university students that want to address this issue on their campuses, check out two food-related sustainability initiatives being implemented by members of the Global Climate Action Coalition:

  Eaternity Program at ETH Zurich University

Eaternity = a concept promoting the consumption of CO2-optimized meals, with the overall goal of reducing CO2 emissions related to food consumption on campus

Yale Sustainable Food Project


November 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

Project Updates: Yale’s Progress

from Yale University | Connecticut, USA

by Matt Ramlow

Yale has completed the first phase of its dual project with MIT by compiling a list of 88 different environmental initiatives throughout the different departments at Yale. We then began to sort the projects into our major 3 sub-categories; built environment, behavioral, and communications projects. Yale has also drafted a preliminary survey to interview each of the projects and gather information regarding the development, funding, work hours, participation, goals, transparency, savings/reductions, and level of success of each project. Our next step is to continue to collaborate with MIT to create a final draft of the survey that can be administered across both campuses. We hope to have this completed in early April so we can conduct our interviews before the end of the spring semester (mid May) and start to gather the data from the different projects.

To view the Project Database and Preliminary Survey Questions, click on the following link.

April 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm 1 comment

Project Highlights: Near-Zero Waste Events

from Carnegie Mellon University | Pennsylvania, USA

The primary goals of the project are to reduce total event waste and divert as much landfill waste as possible. The project team will work with event coordinators to reduce the total food-related material purchased per head with the goal of integrating low-waste purchasing into event planning for 1-3 departments. The department demonstrations will be used to develop low-waste event purchasing practices. If possible, the project team will work with purchasing and event coordinators to estimate benchmarks for current practices. The team’s goal is to apply best practices to freshmen orientation events for the incoming class of 2014. This endeavor may demonstrate to the public that all flatware, cups, napkins, and food waste can be recycled or composted for an event serving several hundred heads. In terms of measurables, the team plans to measure the waste composted, recycled and land filled per head at all demonstration events. They will also create a simple mechanism to track the number of students, faculty and staff served by low-waste events.

February 4, 2010 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Eatery

from ETH Zurich University | Zurich, Switzerland

The team’s focus is on eaternity, a concept promoting the consumption of CO2-optimized meals, with the overall goal of reducing CO2 emissions related to food consumption on campus. To do this, they planned on analyzing the results from their 3-week pilot project where a CO2-optimized meal was offered in one of their canteens. Upon identifying which meals sold best, the team hopes to design new meals that are as attractive to students as the most popular meals. They planned on increasing the visibility of the optimized meals through labels. The team also hopes to encourage other universities to try out the concept by increasing the friendliness of their online CO2 calculator, improving their recipe database, and offer guides and coaching on how to get an Eaternity Program started on campus. Measurable results from this project include CO2 reductions, awareness of food sustainability on campus, and adoptions of Eaternity by other universities.

February 4, 2010 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: A Cross-University Integrated Study

from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University | Massachusetts and Connecticut, USA

This team plans to study over 50 programs at MIT and 88 at Yale. The study will look at different factors involved that affect the success of various programs. Analysis will be completed to look at the relative success of different programs and identify which factors are sufficient and/or necessary for program success. Such analysis will guide future decisions for institutional support of energy and sustainability programs. The project will also yield an inventory of campus programs in energy and sustainability and a host of information on each project including how the programs are linked to the organizational make-up of the institution at the administrative, departmental and student level. The major deliverable of this project will be the final report which should be complete by March of 2010.

January 28, 2010 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

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