Reduce Dining Printing Waste

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Reduce Dining Printing Waste

Fall 2021-Zero Waste+Education

Project Overview

The overall goal of the project was to reduce the amount of printing waste associated with the making of Productions Books for both The Lodge and Roaring Fork dining halls. They hoped to make the dining halls more ecologically sustainable by replacing paper binders with tablets. Their plan was to install tablets at two production lines for both locations. The UCCS dining department understands how harmful paper pollution can be in that paper production causes deforestation, and that paper fills landfills (more than any other material), and whether it’s composted or burned, paper waste emits carbon dioxide. They hoped to replace UCCS' production waste with a more sustainable solution. They also hoped to use this project as an opportunity to teach Student Mangers (who regularly do the printings for Production Binders) and UCCS' professional cooking staff how to not only use C-Board (which is the food service system we use to create recipes and process food costs), but also teach them how the food service industry can introduce environmentally friendly practices into kitchens. This project can help Dining and Hospitality Services become a more ecologically considerate department and teach students and cooks about how the food industry can adapt new environmentally positive techniques.