People tend to think of environmental issues when they hear the word “sustainability”. However, sustainability issues transcend lines of almost every discipline imaginable, especially food related sustainability issues.
Food has the power to connect every person on the planet, whether for cultural and religious reasons or as a means to come together and connect on a personal level.
Particularly at Davidson, we strive to take a liberal arts approach and highlight the different issues that fall into the many academic departments. To solve many of these issues, it will take an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the problem.
Liberal Arts Approach
Davidson Dining Services works hard to bring students a variety of food options on campus and what many students don’t know is that they work equally hard to incorporate sustainable practices. Commons is a scratch kitchen, meaning they make almost all of their food from scratch. They also purchase all of the Davidson Farm’s produce. Both Commons and Davis Cafe compost pre and post-consumer food waste, resulting in a zero food waste system!
The Sustainability Office hosts several Zero-Waste games throughout the year. Plates, cups, and food trays are compostable during these games and student volunteers direct fans to the recycle and compost bins. At these games, up to 90% of waste is diverted from the landfill.
Currently both the Davis Café and Vail Commons compost pre-consumer food waste. Compost bins are set up in the Union to collect post-consumer food waste and compostable bins. Vail Commons is working towards integrating post-consumer as well to have a zero-food waste system.