After going to the Sustainability Symposium and seeing an array of billboards and posters, it is clearly sustainability is defined in different ways. My first assignment in MSUS 300, which I am currently enrolled, was to define sustainability using a variety of sources. After doing extensive research, I came to the conclusion that the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainability is the most accurate. Sustainability is the “development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Many of the posters, lectures and speakers define sustainability very differently.
One aspect of sustainability that greatly interests me is food. After recently watching Food Inc. and Forks over Knives, learning about waste management programs, listing to lectures given by Bucknell’s dining services, and seeing a poster about starting a Bucknell food waste program, I understand the basics of our food system. The student at the symposium was focused on food waste reduction on campus through compost projects. Getting the Greek community, specifically the fraternity’s who have their own food system of chefs, involved on campus would be a big step. A compost program like this would greatly benefit Bucknell’s campus by helping student’s visual see the food they waste. In addition, the compost could be donated to Lewisburg’s Community Garden or so a site on Bucknell’s campus.
Dinning Services at Bucknell attempts to sustainably manage the food program through buying local, organic, and getting rid of the trays in the cafeteria. They offer healthy and diverse options to Bucknell students. As a vegetarian, however, I find the veggie and vegan options limited. Additionally, “local” can be misleading as several hundred miles away is considered local. Finally, dinning services could attempt to work with this Bucknell student to start a compost program. It would offer Bucknell students a visual to their food waste!
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