Three Hawaii university campuses have pledged to reduce wasted food as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College and Hawaii Pacific University join more than 90 other higher education institutions across the country, along with other venues and stores, in the effort to stop food waste from ending up in landfills and incinerators, an EPA press release says.
The problem, according to EPA officials, is especially pronounced in Hawaii, which has very limited waste capacity.
Nationally, food waste is the single largest type of waste that winds up in landfills and incinerators, accounting for a fourth of all waste material, according to the EPA. Such waste produces significant amounts of the greenhouse gas methane.
Both UH and HPU are developing sustainability policies on their campuses.
Photo courtesy of Nick Saltmarsh via Flickr.
— Alia Wong