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2016 Earth Day Campus Clean-Up
On April 22, 2016, USG and our neighbors at IBBR joined forces to clean up the campus. Rallying on the piazza in front of the new parking garage, nearly 40 volunteers set out armed with gloves and trash bags into the wetlands and around the pond to collect debris and waste. They collected close to 300 pounds of waste including tires, traffic cones, cans, bottles, etc. Thank you all so much for you volunteerism!
My Green Montgomery
If you missed the event or cannot attend no need to worry! Montgomery County has a whole website dedicated to teaching its residents about green ways of living. My Green Montgomery is a wonderful resource that encourages and engages residents to seek a greener lifestyle in the County. This site was designed to help county residents find local green sustainable programs, services, and resources all in one place. They welcome residents to share their personal "greening" stories and love getting suggestions for new ideas, new green projects, programs or resources.
Take advantage of all the wonderful resources this site as to offer by click their logo above.
Building A Sustainable Future
Leaders all around the world are concerned for the future of the planet. Every day it seems like there is a new environmental impact on humans. The leaders of The Universities at Shady Grove take this into deep consideration when planning for the campus' future. USG is a growing community, and with every expansion of the campus, the administration works continuously to ensure that USG remains a leader in sustainable development.
The Universities at Shady Grove has signed the White House's American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their strong support in taking action against climate change.
To understand what this means for the future of our campus, check out "Building for a Sustainable Future," blog post on the Discover USG website.
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.