Green Dining Meeting Minutes, March 21

Check out the minutes below from last week's meeting and let me know if you'd like to help out with some of the programs/events to come!
1. World Water Day. Thanks to everyone that came out to the info fair last week and took the Tap Water Challenge, stocked up on water conservation kits from the City, and learned about this year's theme, Water & Food Security.  I also hope that many of you were able to try the sustainably sourced fish taco at either Runk, Newcomb, or O'Hill last Thursday.  Let me know what you thought if you tasted it!
2. RecycleMania updates.  To keep up with our score, check out the scoreboard page on the RecycleMania website.  We've got a couple of weeks left -- it's not too late to hold a paper purge or other bulk recycling effort.
3. Reusable To Go Containers now available at the Got Dumplings food truck.   That's right, you can forego the styrofoam in favor of sustainable containers to eat your favorite noodles and dumplings!  You must already be signed up for the reusable container program, so that you can hand over a key tag to one of the Got Dumplings employees in exchange for a clean container.  Dirty containers can't be returned to the food truck, so bring them by the West Range Cafe or another participating location (Runk, Newcomb, O'Hill, Shea, Pav, Wilsdorf, Castle, Crossroads, Fine Arts Cafe, The Garden Room) at your convenience.  Email me if you don't have a meal plan but would like to sign up for the program to utilize it at Got Dumplings!
4. Earth Week.  Stay tuned for more details about Earth Week events being planned, including a Fine Arts Cafe food expo, the annual Farm to Fork luncheon, the UVa Sustainability Eco Fair, and a local foods station featuring items from Blue Ridge Produce!  In the meantime, there are two events (see #5 and 6) that need your input or help:
5. Food Waste Audits.  Tentative dates/times for the audits are as follows: O'Hill - Thursday, April 12, during lunch; Runk - Wednesday, April 18, during dinner; Newcomb - Thursday, April 19, during lunch.  Let me know if you would like to measure food waste and contribute to Dining's ongoing food waste data collection.
6. Green Dining Awards.  Take a look at this initiative at Duke University and let me know what you think.  I'd like for us to come up with some superlatives for our own on-Grounds eateries (residential and retail alike) and celebrate the great things they're all accomplishing.  Let's have an interim meeting to discuss, in two Wednesdays, April 4th, at our usual Green Dining meeting time of 1pm.  We'll meet in the Dining Admin Office conference room.
7. Cooking Demo.  Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 - 7:30pm.  Dive into the world of Modernist Cuisine with UVa DiningExecutive Chef Bryan Kelly.  The event, sponsored by Dining as part of EMPSU, will include a presentation about the movement and demonstrations of such modern cooking techniques as sous-vide and liquid nitrogen, with a tasting at the end.  Event is free and registration is extremely limited -- register here.  The class will be held at the Lorna Sundberg International Center at 21 University Circle.
Email me if you'd like to help out with the food waste audits and/or the Green Dining superlatives, or if you have any questions or comments!

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