Browse Green Lunchroom Challenge by Title

  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Studies have shown that school gardens can increase interest in and preference for eating fruits and vegetables among students. That's important to the overall goals preventing and reducing food waste in school food service ...

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  • Scrogum, Joy; Dietrich, Kathleen (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2015-11-18)
    Dr. Kathleen Dietrich of Food Bus discusses how the program works with elementary schools to recover wasted food and donate it to those in need.

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Studies have shown that students provided with longer lunch periods eat more of their food and throw out less. This is not only important in terms waste hauling cost savings, conserving resources, and keeping valuable ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    One-page brochure describing the Green Lunchroom Challenge project.

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Form for Green Lunchroom Challenge participants to collect baseline facility data.

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Template for schools to use to submit case studies to the Green Lunchroom Challenge team.

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  • Scrogum, Joy; Vescovi, Susan; Boeger, Kelly; Karmani, Raj; Christian, Greg (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2015-09-17)
    On September 17, 2015, a Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop and Training was held at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)Goes to another site. in Champaign, IL. This session provided an overview of the ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Template for Green Lunchroom Challenge participants to use when submitting original lesson plans.

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2018)
    List of schools that participated in the Green Lunchroom Challenge.

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    A waste-free lunch reduces the waste generated each day in your school's lunchroom. Organizing a waste-free lunch will help keep your school clean, inside and out, and reduce your solid waste costs, but more importantly ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Studies have shown a 30% reduction in plate waste when elementary school students were allowed to have recess before eating lunch. Physical activity can help increase a child's appetite. In addition, students are more ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    School gardens can increase interest in and preference for eating fruits and vegetables among students, which is important to food waste reduction goals. Involving students in the process of maintaining a garden can further ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Measuring and tracking the amounts, types, and reasons for food being discarded is an effective way to reduce waste from being generated over time. The continuous and diligent tracking of waste serves as foundation for ...

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  • Scrogum, Joy (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016-11-22)
    Joy Scrogum of the Green Lunchroom Challenge reviews how to submit activities for Challenge scoring.

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  • Scrogum, Joy; Kainz, Jennifer; Blue, Renee (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016-11-17)
    Jennifer Kainz and Renee Blue, co-founders of Barrington, IL not-for-profit Mindful Waste, work with schools to help them reduce food waste.

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Attend at least one event hosted by the Green Lunchroom Challenge. This can be the Kickoff Workshop or any of the subsequent webinars. Provide a summary of what you learned and whether you think you can use what you learned ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Some items available in school lunchrooms which are considered “extra foods” of “minimal nutritional value” are not creditable in offer versus serve (OVS) programs. Eliminating such offerings can reduce confusion in pricing ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    Preparing food for a large number of students every day is a fast-paced job, where efficiency is crucial. Having set procedures for common tasks, like slicing fruits or vegetables, which all staff are trained in, not only ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016-03)
    In 2015, through funds made available by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) launched the Green Lunchroom Challenge. The Green Lunchroom Challenge is a ...

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  • (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016)
    As you work towards improving the facility's collection procedures, constant monitoring will help evaluate the progress of the implemented procedures and policies. Clear bags help provide a quick visual assessment of ...

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