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A New Year, and Some Exciting Updates!

Happy 2017, Hokies! It’s a new year, and a new semester here at Virginia Tech. As we gear up for spring classes, I want to introduce myself. My name is Gwyneth Manser, and I’m the new Sustainability Manager for Virginia Tech’s Dining Services (and Housing and Residence Life, too!).

A little about me: I recently completed my Master’s in Science in Geography at Portland State University, where my research and classes focused on food justice, urban agriculture, and sustainability. I also hold degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Emory University. I’ve done everything from working on an organic farm to working as a park ranger, and in my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, and exploring the outdoors. I’m excited to learn more about Blacksburg, and to contribute to the ever-growing conversation about sustainability on campus.

Virginia Tech Dining Services has a long history of sustainability efforts, and many of those initiatives were spearheaded by previous Sustainability Coordinators and Interns working with Dining Services. My predecessors, Andy Sarjahani, Rachael Budowle, Elena Dulys – Nusbaum, and Rial Tombes, led the way by implementing and expanding a composting program, bringing reusable to-go containers to VT, and helping to expand the Dining Services Farm at Kentland Farm, to name but a few projects. From supporting zero waste events on campus to helping VT go “(styro)foam free” we’ve come a long way, but we still have further to go. I’m thrilled to be a part of that progress.

Have ideas about what we can do to help VT’s Dining Services “go green?” Have any feedback on our previous efforts? Feel free to leave a comment below, or tweet us at @VTGreenDining. You can also send me an email at Don’t be a stranger!


Gwyneth Manser

Sustainability Manager
Dining Services and Housing and Residence Life


Sustainable Dining During Earth Week 2013

Dining Services Celebrates


Earth Week 2013 is coming up next week (4/22 – 4/26) and Dining Services is ready!  Dining Services is hosting a few events to highlight our sustainable dining initiatives across campus.  More information below:

LocalFoodFairFlyerMonday 4/22: 4 – 5 PM: Local Food Fair, Deet’s Place Side Room

Put a face to the name of the people growing your food!  The farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, and distributors of your food all have their own story.  Come learn more about it! Dining Services sources “local” products that are grown, raised, processed within 250 miles of Blacksburg, VA or within the state of Virginia.

Check out the Event Page on Facebook. 

Monday 4/22: 5:30 PM: Sustainable Fish Chef Series, 354 Wallace SustainableFish Demo SeriesHall

Executive Chef Mark Bratton and Chef de Cuisine Jon Creger of West End Market will be hosting a cooking demonstration focused on cooking with sustainable fish.  Sign up here.

Special Locally Sourced Products: All Week Long at Owens Food Court

Owens Food Court will be showcasing local products in all shops, not just the Farms & Fields Project, during Earth Week (4/22- 4/26).  Keep an eye out for Local Icons indicating which items are being sourced locally.

We’d like to thank Produce Source Partners, for working with local producers and helping to champion Contributing Local Vendors:

  • Big Spring Mill: Elliston, VA, Flour
  • Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm, Blacksburg, VA, Microgreens & basil
  • Grayson Natural Farms: Grayson County, VA, Grass Finished Beef
  • Homestead Creamery, Wertz, VA: Milk & Ice Cream
  • J C Bean Sprout: Bean Sprouts
  • Kirby Farms: Greens, Sweet Potatoes
  • Local Food Hub: Charlottesville, VA, Lettuces, Arugula, Spinach
  • Mann’s Sausage Company, Blacksburg, VA: Sausages
  • Mountain View Farm: Fairfield, VA: Cheeses
  • Murray’s Cider Company: Apple Cider
  • Pearce Family Farm: Cascades, VA, Eggs
  • Rock Hill Honey Bee Farm: Stafford, VA Honey
  • Sweet Water Baking Company, Floyd, VA: Bread
  • Twin Oaks Tofu: Louisa, VA, Tofu
  • VT Meats , Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA: Pork, Beef, Lamb
  • VT Milk:  Blacksburg, VA, Milk

Get on the Bus to Kentland Farm: The Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm will be having their next Workday on Saturday 4/27 from 10 AM – 1 PM  in partnership with VT ENGAGE. Transportation is provided, please contact Wyatt to reserve your seat!

Get on the Bus to Kentland Farm!

Get on the Bus


More info on VT Earth Week Events at