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Nazareth Continues Sustainability Through Composting

Published February 26, 2019

All together we’ll cut back on our waste.”- Jason Serafin, Nazareth dining executive chef.

Composting is a new addition to the Nazareth campus this semester. Through working with staff and an offsite company, composting is occurring on campus in places such as The Cabaret, Cafe Sorelle, and  consumers have composting options at Lourdes & Kearney. Anyone can look for the green composting bins at the end of their meal. Compostable items include leftover food, compostable straws, cups, and napkins.     

“It brings the importance of how much waste we’re throwing away.” Serafin continued. He says having individuals compost at the end of their meals brings awareness to how much food waste we create everyday.  “It's not just about today, it’s about the future, and limiting our landfill waste.”

Brian McGahan, director of campus operations, stressed the importance of individual efforts to limit waste and responsibly reuse it, elaborating how he even started composting at home.  "The best thing to do is take proper portions. This way composting will not be needed because there will be no waste,” McGahan said.

Naz Dining has put a focus on creating an identity based on sustainability through educating the campus community, composting, and putting an emphasis on becoming more locally sourced.

Nazareth is dedicated to becoming a more sustainable campus. Composting is just the next step in sustainability. To view a full list of Nazareth’s sustainable initiatives visit the Sustainability at Naz page.  

Other ways Nazareth has worked to become greener:

  • single stream recycling- no need for separating recyclable materials
  • reducing energy use
  • donating food  
  • using environmentally safe cleaning products  
  • The Environmental Sustainability Club -  students working to help expand sustainable efforts on campus        
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Sustainability at Naz

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.