At a February 21 event, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) announced the recipients of the fourth Annual Zero Waste Awards, which aim to recognize environmental leaders for their commitment to sustainability and waste diversion. The awards are part of the PRC program, Zero Waste Pennsylvania, an initiative that assists businesses, institutions, and special events in their waste reduction efforts. Among the 23 winners is Pitt’s very own Food Recovery Heroes!
In the words of the PRC Western Regional Director, Justin Stockdale:
“We’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of those committed to preserving the environment, and we applaud the efforts of this year’s class of honorees for their outstanding leadership, innovation and dedication.”
Nick Goodfellow, Pitt’s Sustainability Coordinator for Dining Services also commented on the achievement, acknowledging the crucial role the Food Recovery Heroes have played in sustainability at Pitt:
“The Food Recovery Heroes are an invaluable member of the Pitt service and sustainability community. Over the years they have worked to recover more than 28,000 lbs of surplus food from campus since 2014 and through doing this have raised awareness with the Pitt Dining culinary teams around food waste. Beginning in 2014 their work got other students thinking about food waste and inspired a student initiative around food waste composting. They are now moving forward with a compost program expansion to compost 50% of food waste by 2025.”