WellFest is the 1st large scale zero waste event on campus!
Why is this important?
As the campus strives to be zero waste by 2020, HDH Wellness and Engagement is doing its part in reducing its footprint on this planet by piloting at WellFest Zero Waste practices for large-scale campus events. UC San Diego has the ability and potential to lead the charge in the sustainability movement and shift towards a renewable future.
What are some of the challenges?
- Community Awareness
- Vendor compliance
- Lack of composting waste sites
- Consumer waste-sorting confusion
How does this event address the challenges?
- Educating our campus and community
- Providing a platform for sustainable organizations to share their message
- Initializing agreements with local and county resources for waste diversion
- Prioritizing socially responsible and sustainable business practices
How is WellFest a zero waste event?
This event will achieve the UC Office of the President standard for zero waste with 90% diversion from landfill. WELLFEST will be piloting business practices and diversion procedures as our campus gears up to go zero waste by 2020. We identified 4 waste points for a large-scale event and have adapted processes and operations for each to reach the zero waste goal:
UC San Diego Catering developed a delicious plant based protein menu served on edible plates and flatware from Twentyfiftyfork. Everything (including the spoon and fork) will be backyard compostable.
Vendors were pre-vetted for sustainable business practices and are required to comply with zero waste guidelines.
There will be giveaways to mindfully choose from so students can make a minimalist starter kit that consists of only items they will actually use.
Rethinking the way we get the word out to our community by using digital media only.
This event could not be made successful without the leadership of the following student organizations and community gardens! Thank you!
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Check out the pedal-powered phone charging stations built by UC San Diego’s Engineers for a Sustainable World.
Food Recovery Network
We partnered with UCSD’s Food Recovery Network to recover leftover, uneaten food and help educate attendees on food sustainability.
Student Sustainability Collective
UC San Diego’s Student Sustainability Collective will hold HDH accountable in making sure that zero waste guidelines are met in addition to educating students on where all the waste from the event is being diverted.
Roger’s Garden & Ellie’s Garden
All food waste will be sent to Roger’s Garden and Ellie’s Garden to be composted either open-air or through an anaerobic digester.