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The Everyday Practice of Food Consumption and Waste Reduction


Ruthann Herstek,

About the Project

The Everyday Practice of Food Consumption and Waste Reduction was funded by Penn State's Sustainability Institute's Reinvention Fund at the New Kensington campus in the amount of $11,315.

After a harsh winter, the pollinator garden at Penn State New Kensington is ready to serve as a habitat for native birds, bees, butterflies and plants.

The goal of this project is to develop sustainable practices in food purchasing choices and waste disposal. In the process, the campus hopes to set an example for students to take back to their communities. Many of the communities this campus serves are rural and do not have access to services that promote sustainable practices. Specifically, the purpose of this grant is to first develop better food-consumption and waste management through education. The project aims to increase recycling awareness efforts, develop a composting site to reduce food waste, and use the compost products to expand the new campus Pollinator Garden. The compost site will become an education tool at which to conduct testing and research and to offer opportunities for classroom learning and undergraduate research.

Latest News


  • The first Composting Workshop was held on campus on June 17.

  • DEP Application and site visits were scheduled for July.

  • Cafe' 780 recycling and composting remodeling will be completed in August.

  • Composting was discussed at Student Orientation days, Aug. 20 & 21.

  • Campus Composting will begin with the start of fall classes on Aug. 25, 2014.

  • A second composting workshop was held on September 23, 2014.

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