|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||June 29, 2011|
Tier2-1: Trayless Dining
|0.25 / 0.25||
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have a trayless dining program in which trays are removed from or not available in dining halls?:
A brief description of the trayless dining program:
Yale Dining has partnered with the Student Task-force for Environmental Partnership (STEP) to encourage tray-less dining in the residential halls. Last year STEP conducted a comprehensive post-consumer food waste measurement campaign in order to assess the effect of tray-less dining on food waste. The results were dramatic: tray-less diners wasted 2/3rds less food than diners with trays. With this data at the core of its tray-less promotional materials, STEP has successfully encouraged roughly 30% of diners to go tray-less.
Due to the logistical challenges of dish collection (many of Yale Dining facilities depend upon tray racks in order to transport dishes to the wash room) and political opposition to mandatory removal of trays, it is presently difficult to remove trays from our dining halls entirely.
Yale Dining is currently in the process of updating the infrastructure so as to make tray-less dining a more viable option for everyone.
The website URL where information about the program is available:
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