Boston College hosted a major forum on recycling in early March that spotlighted waste diversion efforts at Massachusetts colleges and universities.

The College & University Forum in Corcoran Commons featured panels and presentations on food recovery initiatives at cafeterias and other campus spaces as well as at special events, and on campaigns to solicit donations of used residence hall, office and classroom furniture. Among the approximately 40 people who attended were administrators from area colleges and universities, state environmental officials and representatives of organizations that promote sustainability and conservation.

Boston College Dining Services Director Beth Emery and Julianne Stelmaszyk, BCDS manager for regional and sustainable food systems, were among the forum’s speakers. After the event, Associate Director of Restaurant Operations Megan O’Neill led forum attendees on a brief tour of BC.

“We were proud to host this conference at Boston College and showcase the great work that BC Dining and Facilities are doing on campus towards zero waste,” said Emery. “In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, we are excited to share some of the best practices that we learned at the forum with interested student groups so that we can continue to work together towards zero waste.”

The C&U Forum is part of a regular series of programs sponsored by RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts, which helps businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse and composting opportunities to decrease environmental impact, cut costs, improve employee morale and meet customer demands for sustainable practices.

–University Communications