Students at UGA can now save nearly 107,142 pounds of food and 16,550 gallons of water per semester by eating in a trayless dining system. Before removing trays from their five dining commons, UGA Food Services worked with the UGA Office of Sustainability to collect data on tryaless dining during a two-week pilot study. Snelling Dining Commons was set as the control. During the test’s first week, trays were provided in Snelling as normal. The plate waste that came through the tray return was measured by volume and weight. During the second week, trays were removed from Snelling and the same measurements were obtained. The water meter was also monitored to see how water usage would be affected with no trays to wash. The results showed a 26.7 percent reduction in plate waste and a 16.4 percent reduction in water usage during the week without trays. Some of the many benefits of trayless dining include reducing waste, conserving water, and saving energy.
EV Charging Stations
Drivers of electric vehicles (EV) now have a place on campus to charge their vehicles thanks to a partnership between UGA Parking Services, the Facilities Management Division and the Office of Sustainability. UGA’s North, South, and East Campus Decks now feature Level 2 Electric Vehicle Chargers, allowing electric vehicle owners to charge their car while on campus.
The chargers are a part of the ChargePoint Network and users may pay via their ChargePoint card or with a credit card. EV drivers will need to pay to access the deck or use their permit if assigned to one of the three decks. Rates are $.75/hour for the first two hours and $1.50 for each additional hour. Level 2 chargers are able to fully charge a vehicle in just two hours compared to longer charging times with Level 1 chargers.
Click here for more information about the ChargePoint Network and using the charger on campus.