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Reusable To-Go Container Turn In

Attention all Reusable To-Go Container Users:

RTG Container Turn In: All 3 containers and your key ring with key tags need to be returned by Reading Day (Thursday 5/8).   The key ring with tags should be returned to the kiosk while the containers can continue to be turned in at the conveyor belt.

We will be giving out a prize to the participant that has logged the highest Reusable To-Go Container usage by 5/8/14.  Stay Tuned!

Thanks so much for your participation in the Reusable To-Go Container program this year.  We look forward to offering this program again next year, hopefully with a few improvements. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email sustainabledining@vt.edu.

Good luck with Finals and have a wonderful summer!

 

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Waste Stations at Turner Place

In August, Dining Services opened Turner Place at Lavery Hall.  With bagel sandwiches, crepes and gelato, soups and salads, burritos, rotisserie chicken, personal pan pizzas and freshly blended smoothies, you can’t go wrong!

With a new dining hall comes also a new method of waste sorting.  In Turner Place, we have 10 Waste Stations with receptacles for compostables, recyclables and landfill-ables.  Each bin has a sign with pictures of what should go in each bin.  These Waste Stations are designed to help you think through where each bit of waste should go.

In Dining Halls on campus like West End Market, Owens Dining Hall, and D2, the waste sorting is done behind the scenes by Dining Services’ wonderful staff members.  At Turner Place, it’s all up to you!

In 2012, all of Dining Services diverted over 500 tons of waste towards compost.  This means that through this composting program, we’ve kept over 100,000 lbs of food waste out of the landfill!

What goes where:

Don’t feel overwhelmed!  When the compost or recycle bins are contaminated, the entire batch of compostables or recyclables will be thrown away in the landfill.    Ask a Dining Services Staff member if you have questions. Remember, all  food leftovers, and paper products can be composted.  Plastics 1 – 7  can be recycled, and everything else goes into the landfill.  If you’re not sure about which bin, put it in the landfill bin.

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Remember:

When in doubt, throw it out (in the landfill).

At University of Michigan, students are taking waste sorting seriously!

Questions?  Please contact the Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator, Rial Tombes at sustainabledining@vt.edu.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Hokies!

Thanksgiving is an excellent chance to learn a little more about your own family  food traditions and to integrate some new (delicious) seasonal recipes.  Scope out your hometown’s local Farmers Market and create a new Thanksgiving dish for your family to enjoy!

If you’re staying in Blacksburg around Thanksgiving, take a trip to the Blacksburg Farmers Market (open on Wednesdays from 2 -6!).  There is still a bounty of fresh produce available.  Get some potatoes for your Thanksgiving meal or some greens for a special side dish!

Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” originally published in 1943. An iconic Thanksgiving scene.

While you’re on break, think about signing up for a shift with the Green Team.  Get your friends to join in on the fun and help your peers sort their trash!  It’s never too late to get involved! And you’ll get a free reusable water bottle after 5 shifts!

Check out this fun Thanksgiving quiz by SlowFood USA!  Last day to enter is today!

Did anyone check out the VT Dining Thanksgiving Meal last week?  There were lots of winter veggies served there.  What were your favorites?

Join the Dining Services Green Team!

Join the Virginia Tech Dining Services Green Team and help educate our community about Sustainable Dining Initiatives at Virginia Tech.

The DS Green Team is a great way for you to get involved in Sustainable Dining Initiatives on campus.  Dining Services Green Team members will have their hands on the pulse of Sustainability in Dining Services.  Work with Dining Services’ Sustainability Coordinator to get rid of  Styrofoam to go containers on campus!  Work with Dining Services staff members to educate customers about sustainable habits.  Encourage further local food sourcing and engage with the Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm!

Project Waste Station starts Monday 11/12.  Sign up for a  shift HERE!

The Waste Stations at Turner Place have the capacity to accept compostables, recyclables and landfill- ables.  Green Team members will be stationed during lunch hours (11-2) at Turner Place. Sign up for a shift HERE.

How it Works:

  1. Sign up for a Green Team Member Shift at Turner Place.  Shifts will last one hour.  We are asking that you sign up for shifts that you can attend on a weekly basis.  If you can’t make that weekly commitment, just note that in the survey.  Shifts start the week of 11/12 and will run until 12/12 (excluding Thanksgiving Break).  You are more than welcome to sign up for MORE than one shift per week!!
  2. Keep an eye out for an email from the Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator about specifics for your shift.Green Team Members are asked to wear a DS Green Team Button during their shifts.  Info about where/ when to pick these up will be sent in this email.
  3. Report to Turner Place for your first shift.  Wear you Dining Services Green Team Button.
  4. Volunteer for at least 5 DS Green Team shifts before Winter Break and you will receive a FREE Reusable Bottle from Dining Services.

Questions?  Please contact the Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator, Rial Tombes at rmtombes@vt.edu.

THANK YOU & DS Green Team!

To all the volunteers that made this past season at the Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm possible: THANK YOU!!

Please fill out this survey about your experiences at the garden this season!

And sign up for a shift with the Dining Services Green Team!  

Join the Dining Services Green Team!

Join the Virginia Tech Dining Services Green Team and help educate our community about Sustainable Dining Initiatives at Virginia Tech.

The DS Green Team is a great way for you to get involved in Sustainable Dining Initiatives on campus.  Dining Services Green Team members will have their hands on the pulse of Sustainability in Dining Services.  Work with Dining Services’ Sustainability Coordinator to get rid of  Styrofoam to go containers on campus!  Work with Dining Services staff members to educate customers about sustainable habits.  Encourage further local food sourcing and engage with the Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm!

Project Waste Station starts Monday 11/12.  Sign up for a weekly shift HERE!

The Waste Stations at Turner Place have the capacity to accept compostables, recyclables and landfill- ables.  Green Team members will be stationed during lunch hours (11-2) at Turner Place. Sign up for a shift HERE.

How it Works:

  1. Sign up for a Green Team Member Shift at Turner Place.  Shifts will last one hour.  We are asking that you sign up for shifts that you can attend on a weekly basis.  If you can’t make that weekly commitment, just note that in the survey.  Shifts start the week of 11/12 and will run until 12/12 (excluding Thanksgiving Break).  You are more than welcome to sign up for MORE than one shift per week!!
  2. Keep an eye out for an email from the Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator about specifics for your shift.Green Team Members are asked to wear a DS Green Team Button during their shifts.  Info about where/ when to pick these up will be sent in this email.
  3. Report to Turner Place for your first shift.  Wear you Dining Services Green Team Button.
  4. Volunteer for at least 5 DS Green Team shifts before Winter Break and you will receive a FREE Reusable Bottle from Dining Services.

Questions?  Please contact the Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator, Rial Tombes at rmtombes@vt.edu.

What’s all this about sustainability, anyway?

What does it mean to be the Sustainability Coordinator for Dining Services at Virginia Tech?  Check out this Prezi (the link below) and get a better understanding of different projects that the Sustainability Coordinator for Dining Services works on.

And don’t forget to come to the Sustainable Dining Roundtable on Monday 11/5 at 6 PM in Lavery Hall Room 330.  We’ll talk about current initiatives and how you can get involved!

See ya there!