Meredith College Earns Environmental Award

Meredith College is one of the 2009 recipients of the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards. The awards were presented during a ceremony held on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 at Marbles Kids Museum.

The City of Raleigh Environmental Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment.

Meredith College was recognized for its on-campus composting program, which began in 2002 with a goal of diverting from the landfill 100 percent of the food waste produced by the College’s dining hall.

Initiated by Meredith’s Aramark-managed Food Services and Facilities Services departments, the program has been successfully reducing the campus environmental footprint for more than six years. A pioneer effort for Wake County schools, the project has met diversion goals and exceeds expectations with continuous innovation.

The effort has had tangible environmental benefits, including diverting 95 tons of waste in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, more than 60 tons were diverted. The amount was reduced from previous totals because of waste reduction goals and the implementation of trayless dining on campus.

Meredith College has committed to improving its environmental citizenship in a variety of ways in recent years, including efforts to “green” both Meredith’s institutional practices and its educational offerings.

One example is the 2008-09 campus theme, “Sustaining Our Environment: Developing Our Greenprint.” The yearlong focus is meant to be a starting point for an ongoing campus conversation on sustainable decision-making for Meredith and its students, faculty and staff.

Date Submitted: 2009-04-23

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