The Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) put up fliers today announcing that Usdan will “go trayless” next year. Starting on September 8, 2009, the slight annoyance that many students feel every “Trayless Tuesday” will become an everyday occurrence.
On the other hand, we will be saving a lot of energy. According to the flyers:
- “A comprehensive study found that traylessness results in a 25 to 30% reduction in food waste per person.”
- “Energy related to food production and consumption represents 10% of the total energy consumed in the United States.”
- “The amount of food thrown away in the US annually is equivalent to $100 billion.”
- “The methane released from food waste in landfills is 12 times worse than carbon dioxide.” (I assume they mean 12 times worse for the ozone layer.)
The argument seems to be as follows: “Traylessness” reduces food waste per person, because it forces students to be selective in what they bring back to their tables. Obviously, waste is bad for the environment and Bon Appétit’s/the University’s bottom line, and we should seek to reduce it.
That makes sense. Now, how do you, the students, feel about this idea? Should we have been included in the decision to go trayless, or is the benefit of this program so obvious that the decision of SAGES should not be questioned? Comment away.
Here are a few relevant links:
[EDIT] This post has been updated to reflect the fact that the Wesleyan Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES), and not Bon Appétit, is responsible for the traylessness initiative:
Bon Appétit is not the group behind traylessness. Students are actually the ones who spearheaded this campaign. We have been working on it for months and Bon Appétit has finally approved it—they are not in charge of it, and whether or not they approved it for the cost savings, going trayless is entirely a student effort. If you read the posters, you’ll see that traylessness is sponsored by the SAGES Waste Committeee, a group of students, faculty, and staff, not by Bon Appétit.
Thanks to Katherine Yagle ’12, a member of SAGES, for bringing this to our attention. [Justin, 2009-04-28 12:56 PM]