Weber State University’s dining partner, Sodexo, recently jumped from Silver Certification in the Green Department Certification Program to Green Certification. Robert Steedley is making a major impact across the community. His efforts are reducing food waste on campus, while bringing fresh food to those in need.
This past year, when Robert first started, he thought that sustainability was just a really long word for recycling. Since then he has taken sustainability to heart. Specifically, Robert has helped bring several programs to campus. Two are Sodexo’s reusable eco-containers program and their “Skip the Straw and Go Topless” campaign. Both address the environmental and waste-related issues with single-use plastics. You can support Sodexo’s new campaigns by bringing your own reusable cups, straws, and eco-containers to Sodexo’s venders!
These campaigns are not the only efforts Robert is helping to bring to WSU. Robert works directly with the student group Food Recovery Network (FRN) to coordinate food pickups from Sodexo to take to the Lantern House, a local homeless shelter in Ogden. When students are unable to take food to the Lantern House, particularly in the summer, he makes sure that it gets there so it is not wasted. He also helps manage the compost station on campus. From April to mid-August in food recoveries this year alone, Robert has saved over 5,000 pounds of food from being wasted. That is estimated to be over $8,400 worth of food.
Robert says he has learned many things while on his current journey to sustainability. His advice: “. . . learn as much as you can but at a normal pace, don’t overdo it. Small steps make a big difference. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon.”
WSU cannot reach our 2050 Carbon Neutral goal and other campus sustainability goals without people like Robert. Thank you!