Catherine Brownell, Ashley Law, Jason Snider, Hannah Labedz, Taylor Johnson worked with community member Dan Dezarn, the director of the office of sustainability at SUNY Geneseo.
With Dan’s guidance we created an informational pamphlet that helped explain the benefits of composting, and Geneseo’s sustainability goals. The group also held a composting workshop on campus. The pamphlet and video of the event can be found in our blog posts.
The From Farm to Fork event focused on displaying the issue of food waste and food security through a menu that was not only locally produced but also exposed the reality of food insecure populations.
The Credo Kitchen event successfully fed 40 individuals on a budget of $147.60, or $3.69 per person for 3 meals. This was done by only buying locally, however, we had a vast amount of advantages, such as the support of the ambassadorship, accessibility to farms, the support of CAS and Geneseo, and the knowledge capital behind the menu creation.
Nydia Constantine, Christopher Mandracchia, Sofia Villalon
We are three college students researching food sustainability and making efforts to reduce our production of food waste. Over 30% of food produced in the US is never consumed and ends up filling up landfills and releasing methane into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, more than 40 million Americans are food insecure. There are, however, many things we can do as consumers to do our part in reducing food waste. This blog will serve as a way to document our personal experiences making efforts to reduce food waste as well as a way to educate others about how to be more conscious consumers on a college campus
Our intent for our Community Engagement project is to raise awareness around Main Street, both by businesses and consumers, about some important environmental issues that arise in any business model and what these businesses and consumers can do to help improve their environmental footprint. Specifically, we are hoping that businesses will reduce the non-biodegradable materials and plastic materials that they use in favor of more environmentally friendly materials. The hope is that consumers will become more aware of the harmful effects of plastic and non-biodegradable materials on the environment and realize that there are small changes they can make that will have a big impact. We partnered with the Office of Sustainability and worked as ambassadors to the Geneseo Campus and the greater Geneseo Community to help spread awareness. We will be gathering data on the responsiveness to our initiative and if people begin to cut back on their plastic use, then the Office of Sustainability can use our findings for future endeavors, especially with respect to the greater Geneseo community outside of the Geneseo campus.