Stopping Waste Before it Starts
To make real change, we need to stop waste before it even starts.
That’s why at Tufts Dining, we hand out Tufts reusable Nalgene leakproof water bottles to our first-year students and ask them to use their water bottles all over campus.
We often purchase produce that's aesthetically imperfect, but still fresh and delicious, to keep good food from going uneaten.
We also use FoodPro, a food management system, to track our food consumption. This enables us to reduce waste by gauging how much food to order and how many servings to make. We aim for just right.
And, we repurpose food. When we do have excess food, we don't waste it—we donate leftover meals to Food for Free, which fights hunger in our communities. Waste is becoming less and less at Tufts Dining.
Our efforts don't stop there. We also host zero-waste events—including the President’s Picnic, Matriculation Lunch, and Commencement Lunch, each of which serves thousands of people. And when we do have excess food, we don’t waste it—we donate leftover meals to Food for Free, which fights hunger in our communities.