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Grant to allow Benedictine University to divert food scraps from landfills

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 11:54 a.m. CDT

LISLE – Benedictine University has received a $46,000 Food Scrap Composting Revitalization and Advancement Program (F-SCRAP) grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The grant will allow the school to divert food scraps generated in the Lisle campus cafeteria and other buildings. 

“Composting all the food scraps both from consumers and in the kitchen will save methane-producing garbage from going to the landfill and produce top-quality compost for growing plants," said Jean-Marie Kauth, Ph.D. associate professor at Benedictine.

The new composting effort will allow Benedictine to divert in excess of 105,000 pounds of food waste per year from landfills and wastewater.

The move toward composting food waste is just the latest in a long line of green efforts by the university, according to a release.

Benedictine recently began using more environmentally friendly cleaning products, which reduce water consumption and pollution while improving indoor air quality for employees and students.

Also, Benedictine’s Sodexo Dining Services began using a new process to decrease the use of cooking oil and turn any used oil into biodiesel fuel through Filta, a recycling service.

The university has also received grant money from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to make upgrades to indoor lighting systems, and continues to monitor and maintain efficient lighting and temperature use throughout campus buildings under a curtailment program that greatly reduces energy consumption, a release states.

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