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6

LYCOMING COLLEGE 2015 SPRING MAGAZINE

T H E CO L L E G E

RECYCLING

HOTSPOT

It started with a few students

waiting for leftovers in the

cafeteria. Now, it’s become a

bona fide movement at Lycoming.

Food

recovery

central:

STUDENTS TRANSFORM LYCO INTO

FRN

In less than one year, the Lycoming Sustainability Committee

has gone from introducing the campus to the food-saving

methods of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) to making the

college a central part of the group’s efforts.

FRN brings together students at colleges and universities

across the country to help combat hunger and to limit food

waste by saving surplus food and donating it to people

in need. Lyco students learned about the project while

they attended the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource

Consortium (PERC) conference in October of 2013.

They took the initiative to contact an FRN representative

and within a few months, began transporting extra food from

Wertz Dining Hall to the American Rescue Workers on a

daily basis. They saved more than 500 pounds of food in the

first two weeks of the program, sometimes salvaging up to

93.5 pounds a day. Since then, the college has provided over

11,000 pounds of food to local agencies, helping to reduce the

quantity of food destined for the landfill by the same amount.

“Since we founded our chapter of the Food Recovery

Network, we have seen the awareness of sustainability and

social justice grow on campus,” said Lynette Dooley, a senior

biology major who was named “Campus Sustainability

Champion” at the 2014 PERC conference. “I am so

happy to be a part of it. All of the hard work and

sleepless nights in the beginning were worth

all of the involvement and excitement it

brings to campus.”

FRN was so impressed by the

students’ efforts and Lyco’s

commitment to the cause

that it decided to host its

Eastern Regional Summit

on the college’s campus in

September of 2014. The

summit brought together

Food Recovery leaders

from several East Coast

colleges and universities

to network, collaborate

and develop successful

strategies for repurposing

waste. Lycoming also was

featured on the front page

of the the PERC website,

celebrating the college as the

50th chapter to join the Food

Recovery Challenge.

Since we founded

our chapter of

the Food

Recovery

Network,

we have seen

the awareness

of sustainability

and social

justice grow

on campus.