April 2016 Newsletter

A Food Services Internship, Express Account Balances Roll Over, Amazing April, Street Eats, Carolina Chowdown, Sustainable Seafood Day, NEW Reusable Cups & More

Stomping Out Styrofoam™: Appalachian Food Services Moves Toward Zero Waste

Yosef mascotFood Services' commitment to sustainability extends beyond local and sustainable food sourcing to include reducing, reusing and recycling – important and essential actions as Appstate moves toward Zero Waste. Zero Waste is a term the Appstate campus community will hear much more of in the near future. And, a crucial piece in this commitment was eliminating polystyrene foam or Styrofoam™ from Appalachian Food Services' dining facilities.

Due to the lack of recycling options and because polystyrene foams never degrade in the landfills, the conversation around alternatives began as early as the mid-80s. However, early alternatives were costly and problematic – something that Food Services and the Office of Sustainability have been discussing since 2008.

Luckily as consumer demand grew for polystyrene alternatives, not only at Appalachian but nationwide, these products became better and less expensive.

To prepare for the transition, Food Services worked closely with the Office of Sustainability to identify the right products for Appstate - eventually choosing paper containers.

As of April 2016, Appalachian Food Services is Styrofoam™ free. Please read the full article to learn more about the transition away from Styrofoam™ as well as what you can do to help Appalachian State University meet its Zero Waste goals!

News of Note

Congratulations to Katie M. She was randomly selected as the winner of a Fitbit Flex® Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband from all entries to our #appstateparfait Instagram Contest!

Have funds remaining on your Express Account? Express Account balances carry over each year that a student is enrolled at Appalachian. These accounts operate on a declining balance system and are accepted at various on-campus locations. Funds must be used or if applicable, a refund requested before a student separates from the university.

Special thanks to Senior Nutrition and Foods Major and Food Services intern, Ramona Harris for contributing a student perspective piece about her internship in Sanford Commons. Read the full article to learn more about Ramona's experience working in Sanford Commons and learning about food service operations at institutions the size of Appstate.

Congratulations to our retiring employees, Pam Grubb and Maxine Wilcox from Cascades Cafe in the Plemmons Student Union as well as Linda Richards from the Administrative Offices.

McAlister’s Deli in the Plemmons Student Union is pleased to introduce two new menu items in April: Pecan Berry Salad and Rainforest Alliance Certified Green Tea.

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Sustainability Spotlight

Park Place Cafe in Trivette Hall is pleased to introduce NEW reusable Pepsi-Cola® cups. These blue Pepsi™ reusable cups, which are larger than the disposable paper cups, will help to reduce the amount of cups that are thrown away. The new cups are one more step towards Appstate's Zero Waste commitment. Please help Food Services meet our sustainability goals of reducing the amount of trash going to the landfill by choosing a reusable cup when you eat in.