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Director of Communication
Loyola University Chicago Increases Composting Across Chicagoland
CHICAGO, October 17, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago is taking action to address food waste by reaching beyond the classroom and into the local community. Through a $90,000 grant funded by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Loyola has launched the Compost Collection Network, a new program that assists local businesses and institutions in setting up an efficient food scrap collection process.
Loyola faculty, staff, and students will provide consultations, staff support, and essential supplies to help set up and maintain a successful composting program. Ultimately, the goal of Loyola’s Compost Collection Network is to encourage local businesses to make use of composting, as well as expand existing compost programs at the Lake Shore and Maywood campuses. Heartland Café, True Nature Foods, and Uncommon Ground are the first local businesses to participate in the Compost Collection Network.
“I care about the future of our food system,” said Paula Campanio, owner of True Nature Foods. “By handling food scraps responsibly, I am helping to ensure that future generations have access to the plentiful supply and variety of food that we do.”
Driven by Loyola’s interest in social and environmental issues resulting from food waste, the University instituted the first commercial composting program at the Lake Shore Campus’ Simpson Dining Hall from August 2012 through April 2013. In fall 2013, the compost operation expanded to include de Nobili Dining Hall and Engrained Café. Through cooperation and coordination among various divisions within dining services, a total of more than 80 tons of food scraps have been transported to a Chicago-based facility to be processed into fertilizer.
About Loyola University Chicago’s Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability is part of the Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. The office is committed to an inclusive process of University decision-making that considers social, economic, and environmental impacts exemplified in a transformative education. Driven by Jesuit traditions, Loyola is embodied in an educational experience that seeks to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and GraduateSchool. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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