Lanika Sanders '16, left, and Kealey Viglielmo '16 display the to-go containers that have reduced the University's contribution to the waste stream.

Innovation Grants Continue to Benefit University

Now in its sixth year, the Innovation Grants program has inspired many wonderful programming steps on campus (see One successful proposal in Fall 2015 was for to-go containers in the dining halls. The proposal read in part, “11,880 disposable to-go containers are filled at Dana Dining Hall every year, clogging St. Lawrence’s waste stream and costing the University excessive funds. Last year, we started a reusable to-go container pilot program, providing a limited number of students with ‘green’ containers to be filled and returned to Dana. Starting in January 2016, Dining Services will sponsor a campus-wide version of this program. Patrons must obtain their initial container within the first two weeks of the semester, after which a to-go meal will require presenting a used to-go container, $5, or a container token. Tokens will alleviate the hassle of carrying around dirty units, instead providing the option to return them at a convenient time and receive a token for the next to-go meal.”

Other grants were for a blood pressure monitoring station on campus; a third self-contained outdoor bicycle repair stand, this one near the Owen D. Young Library; a sports team captains’ leadership summit; a peer mentoring program for students who identify as LGBTQ; a new and safer oven for the Campus Kitchens Project, which works with Dining Services and local farmers to recycle leftover food into meals for approximately 50 community residents a week; and the cataloging of a gift to the library of Chinese scholarly works.