EPA Recognizes Ursinus for Food Diversion Efforts

Ursinus College is among 26 schools that have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for joining the Food Recovery Challenge, a program that encourages colleges, universities, and other organizations to donate and divert as much of their excess food as possible.

Wismer on Wheels volunteers James Checkowski 2016, Angela Upright 2017 and Libby Lannon 2017 package leftover food in Wismer.

“We are excited, proud, and thankful to be recognized by the EPA for participating in the Food Recovery Challenge (FRC),” says Brandon Hoover, Sustainability Program Coordinator. “The FRC is an excellent example of partnerships that promote shared knowledge and effort between schools to address environmental and social problems.”

The College’s food diversion and waste reduction efforts, however, are nothing new. “For many years prior to the existence of the FRC, Ursinus students, faculty, and staff invested time and effort to compost post-consumer food waste, or donate excess eatable food in Wismer,” says Hoover.  “Last year alone, Ursinus donated 5,000 lbs. of perfectly good food through Wismer on Wheels, and composted 14 tons of food waste at Arborganic Acres, a local composting business. These programs began years ago as student-led initiatives, and it is significant to see the EPA recognize the hard work of the entire Ursinus community that helps ensure the success of these programs in creating a more environmentally and socially just place to live, learn, work, and play.”

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