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OSU Receives Grant to Reduce Food Waste in Campus Dining Halls

With the grant, the university will install LeanPath, a food waste prevention technology that enables commercial kitchens to dramatically reduce food waste and operate more sustainable facilities.

Oregon State University recently received a $27,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program to reduce food waste in campus dining halls

With the grant, the university will install LeanPath, a food waste prevention technology that enables commercial kitchens to dramatically reduce food waste and operate more sustainable facilities. The system is equipped with a scale and camera so the university can identify where the food waste is being generated and where wasted food can be prevented.

The grant will cover the cost of the system for a year. After that, the university will have the option to extend its contract with LeanPath.  

Corvallis Gazette-Times has more details:

Dining hall employees at Oregon State University will soon start weighing every pound of wasted food in an effort to prevent future waste.

The university was recently awarded a $27,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program to reduce food waste, said Chris Anderson with University Housing & Dining Services. The money will be used to institute a Portland-based computer system called LeanPath in the dining halls.

“We want to get a much better sense of where is food waste being generated and where can wasted food be prevented,” Anderson said.

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