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Moravian College to Expand “Trayless” Green Initiative
Bethlehem, Pa., April 28, 2009—Based on the success of its “Trayless Tuesdays” initiative, Moravian College informed the campus community that it will be going without trays in its dining facilities every day, beginning on August 1, 2009. The College has been evaluating the impact of going without trays in its dining facilities for the past year. “Trayless Tuesdays” were introduced to raise environmental awareness and to measure the impact of going without trays—and the results have been significant.
“With respect to the environmental impact, not surprisingly, the impact has been favorable,” noted Dennis A. Domchek, vice president for finance & administration. “On Tuesdays, food waste was reduced by approximately 20-25%, and water and energy savings were realized through reduced dishwasher use.”
The Trayless Tuesdays initiative has also been successful in raising student awareness. Approximately 25% of students now voluntarily eat without the use of a tray on other days of the week. Numerous campus organizations, including the Sustainability Task Force, EnvironCO, the Student Dining Committee, the Administrative Dining Committee (which includes student representation) and USG have had numerous meetings discussing the benefits and concerns associated with this initiative.
“This change may inconvenience some students; however, it is my expectation that the positive environmental impact, combined with the notion, that we are all simply doing the right thing by wasting less food, will help to mitigate any concerns,” Domchek noted. “Importantly, this change is not designed to suggest that students eat less food, but rather to waste less food. In addition, to the extent that financial savings are realized as a result of this change, we are committed to reinvesting these savings into the food service program to improve facilities, service and quality.”
Dining Services currently has and will continue to have trays and personal assistance available for anyone who needs accommodation for a temporary injury or physical disability.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.