Fair Trade Coffee
What's waste got to do with it? The cost of fair-trade coffee, which is inherently greater than the cost of regular coffee because fair-trade coffee ensures farmers a "fair" price, is the biggest impediment to making the switch.
Wild Alaskan Salmon
In the fall of 2004, Dining Services worked with sophomore Camille Padilla, who comes from a fishing family, to purchase 25,000 pounds of wild Alaskan king salmon from Seafood Producers Cooperative who has a plant in Padilla’s hometown of Sitka, Alaska. The wild salmon replaced the farm-raised salmon that had been regular fare on the dining menu.
Ron Schildge ’03 received a campus Environmental Grant from the Environmental Council in 2001 to research the feasibility of converting waste vegetable oil from the kitchens into biodiesel fuel. Dining Services generates about 40 gallons of waste vegetable oil per week that was managed through the compost system. In 2002, with the support of Dining Services, Ron processed several gallons of biodiesel fuel that he used in his own 1990 VW Diesel Jetta.