There have been students asking for improved waste-management at the Dining Hall for years. I was asking for it many years ago when I was the O’Neil rep and placed on the Cafeteria Committee. There have been many different ideas of how to improve the Dining Hall’s sustainability practices but there is one coming that might actually be the answer. Due to student pressure about many issues, one solution serves to potentially solve quite a few of them. Switching to an All-You-Care-To-Eat model helps both to decrease prices and includes silverware and real plates and bowls (funny distinction between this and All-You-Can-Eat hey? 😅). Jennifer Flynn-Clark, AVP Students of Huron University, mentioned this proposed model at the Town Hall on March 27th. Once I learn more about the potential for the Dining Hall to move to this system, I will report it here. This is potentially a huge student-advocacy win that has been a LONG time coming.
Part of my platform was ensuring that first-year students moving out have easy access to donating their gently used items. I reached out to Nourhan who directed me to Ashley Shantz, who you may know from the Info Desk. Turns out, Ashley has been donating gently-used items from first-year students for years! And I didn’t even know! (And I know everything 😅🤷🏼♀️). I really wanted to partner with the Take It or Leave It program at Western which is part of Western’s sustainability work. Ashley was excited to see that students were asking for this donation process so we decided to collaborate for this project. Emily, our VP Communications, designed some really aesthetic posters which were hung in the residences. Students are instructed to take unwanted items to the Info Desk, where Ashley and her team will store them and coordinate their pickup once the semester is officially over. I’m hopeful that this project is a success and can be a continued effort between the HUCSC and Administration to you know, save the planet and all. 🌍