UVM to keep going green on the go
Eco-Ware is set to continue next semester
Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2011 14:03
Even when grabbing food on the go, some UVM students don't forget to be environmentally friendly.
After 200 containers were sold in two months, the Eco-Ware initiative has been approved to stay on campus through December, said Jay Taylor, marketing assistant for University Dining Services.
"Not only will we continue Eco-Ware into next semester, we plan to expand the program to the Davis Center Marketplace, Given Atrium, Waterman Café and the Waterman Manor," he said.
The Eco-Ware program, which provides students with reusable takeout containers, was launched this January at the Marché and Brennan's, according to the UVM website.
Eco-Rep sophomore Shana McCann is one of a number of students who work to educate residents in the dorms on environmental issues
McCann said she believes Eco-Ware is a good way to eat green but that it would be more successful with some improvements.
When UVM houses approximately 5,500 students on campus, 200 containers is actually a really small number, McCann said.
"I think that more advertising is definitely crucial, and hopefully there will be more publicity on the program soon," she said.
I think that there are a lot of students who would be really excited about Eco-Ware but haven't really heard about the program too much, she said.
First year Henry Cammack recently bought an Eco-Ware container because his roommate suggested it.
"I think it's definitely worth it," Cammack said. "You're going to save a lot of waste produced by the takeout containers."
Eco-Rep Emily Abernathy said that Eco-Ware is so convenient, she uses it once or twice daily.
Other students complain about the initial price of the containers.
"I'm a stingy and poor college student [who] wouldn't want to spend the $7.50," sophomore Kody Grassett said.
McCann said that when Eco-Ware was free, students didn't return the containers and the program was unsuccessful.
Eco-Ware supporters have said they hope more students participate so that the initiative can continue to get approval.
"So, start a revolution. Eco-Ware forever. Blog about it. Tweet about it. Talk about it loudly so that people have no other option to overhear you." McCann said.