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10 Ways to Save Money by Managing Food Waste Differently
According to LeanPath Food Waste Prevention, one of the best ways for a foodservice operation to manage its overhead is to control its food costs, and one fo the best ways to control food costs is by managing food waste. Every time a staff member throws out food, they are essentially throwing away money. As seen on National Restaurant Association, wasting food is becoming costlier with wholesale food prices rising 5.5 percent in 2014. LeanPath President and CEO, Andrew Shakman, offers smart solutions on specific ways to save money by managing food waste differently in the thirty minute "How to Save Money by Managing Food Waste Differently" webinar. This webinar will show you why monitoring your food losses is critical to your bottom line, where you should focus within the organization to yield the greatest results for your food waste reduction efforts, and how to foster a positive culture and keep the staff engaged and committed to waste reduction.
You can access the webinar by either clicking or copying the following link into your web browser: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3353429467133743361. You will be asked to enter your name and email address, and click "Register" to begin watching the webinar. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments, or if you have trouble accessing the webinar at USG-Sustainability@umd.edu.
2015 Earth Day Expo at The Universities at Shady Grove A Success
The Green Committee at The Universities at Shady Grove celebrated Earth Day with students, faculty, and staff during a fun filled day with activities, demonstrations, food samples, and free giveaways. This year, we were joined by Pepco, Montgomery County Solid Waste Division, Montgomery County Commuter Services, and Bon Appétit. Participants hosted a variety of demonstrations, activities, and information booths that ranged in topic from bee keeping and making organic honey to saving more money on your electricity bill. We also showcased photographs submitted by from the University of Maryland, College Park Communication Program at USG that highlight students' favorite sustainable features on campus.
In addition, Bon Appétit prepared a delicious and easy to make "Kitchen Sink Frittata" using only ingredients leftover in their fridge. Attendees learned how they can prepare a tasty meal without having to drive out and buy ingredients.
USG Buys Smart with Savenia Labs' Energy Savings Program
Have you ever thought about how much water, electricity, and money your appliances take to operate or what their carbon footprint is? Savenia Labs launched an in-depth investigation into energy efficiency of small appliances and electronics, and now, through a special partnership with Savenia Labs, The Universities at Shady Grove has access to their comprehensive database of research findings allowing us to make purchasing choices that support and uphold our commitment to sustainability. To learn more about the Energy savings Program and its relationship with USG, click here.
Montgomery County Bikeshare Is Up and Running at USG
USG has been selected as one of the newest Montgomery County locations for a Bikeshare station! Our Bikeshare station has been installed on Traville Gateway Drive along the side of Building III and is ready for use. Other local Bikeshare stations can be found at the Fallsgrove shopping center, Rockville Town Center, King Farm, and at the Shady Grove Metro station. Consider incorporating a bike ride into your commute. Get some exercise, save some gas, and most importantly, save the environment. For more information about the Bikeshare Program and how it works, visit the Montgomery County Bikeshare webpage.
Montgomery County Recycling Award
The Universities at Shady Grove was recognized with an Outstanding Achievement award by Montgomery County for going “above and beyond the recycling requirements” for the county. We would like to thank our students, faculty, staff, and visitors for being active participants in our recycling and composting programs.