3 Year Sustainability Action Plan 2010 - 2012
Sustainability Education and Collaboration.
We will continue to work with students, faculty, staff and the administration to find and implement sustainable solutions. We will also build on our marketing campaigns to increase engagement on issues of nutrition, eco-friendly products, local food, and overall sustainable living.
Build Gourmet Campus Gardens on each campus.
Our garden program was a big success in 2010. With garden workshops and tastings, we connected with over a hundred students across our campuses to share our appreciation for local, organic food and connecting with nature. We have installed gardens on the Fairleigh Dickinson Madison campus, the NJIT campus in Newark, and have collaborated on the Kean garden in Union.
In 2011 we have created a Gourmet Campus Garden on the Seton Hall campus, and our next site is the Manhattan College campus.
Compost more on each campus.
We will continue to work on finding composting solutions on all of our campuses. In 2010 we have composted over 200,000 pounds of food waste from our kitchens. We now compost food waste on five campus: Seton Hall University, Kean University, Bergen Community College and now in 2011, both Fairleigh Dickinson Madison and Teaneck campuses. The compost we create will be used to fertilize the campus landscapes and build soil.
Purchase more local food.
By growing food on campus and sourcing food from NJ farms, we will serve more local food to our campus communities. We will continue to build stronger and tighter relationships with local farmers, relationships that are mutually beneficial. We will create and maintain organic vegetable and herb gardens on all the campuses we serve and integrate more perennials (berries and fruit) in the gardens over time.
We will continue to recycle cardboard, paper and aluminum on every campus. We will increase the amount of plastic we recycle by at least 10% every year. We will also source alternative materials to replace the plastics used in our operations.