Eat and Celebrate Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The University of West Georgia will observe Earth Day all week in its Food Services Building (Z-6) with a variety of activities coordinated by Aramark, the university’s dining and food service.

Each day, Aramark will be hosting a different activity in an effort to encourage energy conservation. To begin Earth Day Week, the lights of Z-6 will be dimmed through Friday.

Other activities for the week include a trayless dining day on Tuesday, a collection of electronic items and a “Weigh the Waste Day.”

Not using trays to carry food to the tables can save energy, said Kelly Bass, marketing specialist for Aramark.

“When trays are removed, less food is wasted and water and energy are conserved from not having to wash the trays,” said Bass. “The students will carry their plates and drink to the table for one day.”

A collection box will be available for faculty, staff and students to deposit any old cell phones, batteries and printer toner  on Wednesday. The box will be located in the dining hall next to the cashier.

Thursday will be “Weigh the Waste Day.”  Weighing the food that gets returned uneaten daily can create awareness of wasting food, said Bass.  Last year, a few hundred pounds of waste were collected.

“All food that comes through on trays will be disposed of in a trash bag and weighed,” said Bass. “We will use a calculation to determine the average amount of food waste per person.”

For more information on the week’s activities, call 678-839-6496.