Yesterday we received word that Maryville University’s Gander Dining Hall is the 1st campus dining facility to be certified by the Green Dining Alliance!
Audit Summary: Green Dining Alliance Audit Report Maryville University – Gander Dining Hall, November 11, 2013
Audit Score: 163 points = GDA Certified 4 Star Restaurant
|FinalScore||Star Rating||Shades of Green|
|80-110||2 Star||Meets industry norms for sustainable restaurant management & operations.|
|110-140||3 Star||Exceeds industry norms for sustainable restaurant management & operations.|
|140+||4 Star||Fully embraces industry norms for sustainable restaurant management & operations.|
As stated on their webpage, The Green Dining Alliance, an initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, is a program committed to working with restaurants in the St. Louis region to reduce their environmental impact. By considering all areas of operations, the GDA puts a strong emphasis on reducing and composting restaurant waste, operating facilities with efficiency, and sourcing sustainable food, to-go ware and cleaning supplies.
The event will take place in Buder Commons at Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141, at 7 p.m. on November 14. Maryville will also host public screenings of the third hour of the ETOM on November 14. These events are sponsored by the Maryville University Center for Sustainability, Green Maryville Student Association, the Climate Reality Project, and Town & Country’s Green Speaker Series.
Tragedy struck two weeks ago: a staff member changed the filter on our Kaldi’s station and a mistake was made that wiped the numbers we’ve collected over the past two years. Never fear, though! October’s count (of over 35,000!) was added to the new total. The count is skewed a bit because of this, but the good news is we’ve kept the equivalent of almost 171,000 water bottles out of the landfill even with this discretion. Keep up the good work, guys!
The documentary Earth: The Operators’ Manual (ETOM) presents an objective, accessible assessment of the Earth’s problems and possibilities that will leave viewers informed, energized and optimistic. Host Richard Alley – a geologist and former oil-company employee whom Andy Revkin of the New York Times once called “a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan” – leads the audience on this engaging one-hour special about climate change and sustainable energy. ETOM is a rigorously researched, beautifully filmed and ultimately uplifting antidote to the widespread “doom and gloom” approach to climate change.
“Climate change is happening, and there is very, very strong evidence that a large part of this is, in fact, man-made.” “Climate change and energy will play significant roles in the future security environment.” These statements, by then-Rear Admiral David Titley and the Defense Department respectively, together with similar statements by other military figures and publications, indicate the reality and gravity of a changing climate.
We need an uplifting take on the topic of climate change! Film and distinguished scientists come together at Maryville University on October 3 to engage, energize, and answer—in layman’s terms—the persistent questions about climate and energy: Dr. David Titley, Dr. Jack Fishman, and Maryville’s own Dr. Kyra Krakos.
Drs. Krakos and Fishman will appear in person; Dr. Titley via Skype.
The event will take place in Buder Commons at Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141, at 7 p.m. on October 3. Maryville will also host public screenings of the second and third hours of the ETOM on October 24 and November 14, respectively. These events are sponsored by the Maryville University Center for Sustainability, Green Maryville Student Association, the Climate Reality Project, and Town & Country’s Green Speaker Series.
Update: The October 24th screening has been moved to November 14th. Viewing will commence at 7 p.m.
If there’s one thing you remember about Recycling on Maryville’s Campus:
WHEN IN DOUBT, RECYCLE IT!!!
Plastic #1-7 Liquid
Kaldi’s To-Go Cups Plastic Bags
Aluminum (soda cans) Food
Glass Chip Bags
“You can’t recycle your to-go box because there’s still food/grease/salad dressing/etc. in it”
WRONG! If you have a few french fries left, throw them out then recycle the container. Unless it has been submerged in the fryer, a small bit of grease doesn’t make it trash. This includes pizza boxes. When in doubt, recycle it.
“I’ve always been told that you can’t recycle _____________…”
Well, that’s tricky. Different municipalities use different facilities, and not all facilities recycle the same “stuff”. Your city may only recycle plastic #1-2, glass, and paper. Someone on the other side of the state may be able to recycle plastic #1-5 and paper but only if it’s separated. Here at Maryville, we use a Single Stream Dirty MRF, which enables YOU to throw anything you think might be recyclable into our recycling bins which is why we say “When in doubt, recycle it.”
What is a Single Stream recycling facility?
“Single Stream” means that we don’t have to sort our recyclables here; they’ll do it at the facility.
What is a Dirty MRF?
“Dirty MRF” means that our facility will remove what they are unable to recycle. This is the most important part of our “Single Stream Dirty MRF Facility”: the “When in doubt, recycle it” part.
What do you mean Plastic #1-7?
If you’ve ever turned a plastic anything over to see if there’s a little recycle symbol on the container, chances are you’ve seen a little number in the middle of the symbol. We’ll start out by saying that there are different kinds of plastic. Although it’s ultimately all made from petroleum, different additives are used to give plastic different properties. This little number indicative of the type of plastic used and therefore, what process it must undergo to be recycled. #3 and #6 are often not accepted, but can be recycled here at Maryville.
What about cardboard; that’s paper, right?
Yes, cardboard is essentially thick paper. However if the cardboard in question is corrugated, there’s a special collection bin behind the library (it’s really big and really blue) where it should go. The University makes money by recycling corrugated cardboard, so it’s preferred that it ends up in that big, blue bin.
What’s the difference between cardboard and corrugated cardboard?
If you look at a cardboard box, you can see that it’s made up of three distinct layers: a flat piece, a ribbed or zigzag piece, and another flat piece. That zigzag is the corrugated layer that gives the cardboard strength without compromising its light weight; corrugated = shaped into alternate ridges and grooves. When it’s not corrugated, it’s referred to as “chip board” and makes things like cereal boxes.
Can I recycle electronics?
Not in the recycling bins. In the spring semester, the Center for Sustainability usually sponsors an electronics recycling drive. This includes items such as televisions, laptops, printers, cell phones, etc. If you can hold onto your outdated electronics until then and bring them in during the drive, that’s fantastic. If you need if off your hands ASAP, contact Peggy Lauer at email@example.com for further information.
More questions? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!