Dining halls seek to decrease waste

first_imgThe semi-annual Waste-Free Wednesdays campaign, which took place during April, aimed to decrease the food and liquid waste produced at Notre Dame. Campaign co-chair Anna Gorman said the project seeks to educate students about the number of Americans who struggles to put food on the table. “One in six Americans struggle with hunger, and the statistic is even higher for children,” she said. “We waste roughly enough food in our country to provide food for all those who are hungry.” Each Wednesday in April from 6 to 7 p.m., volunteers handed out raffle tickets to students who cleared their trays at the dining halls. The winner of the raffle is awarded 100 Flex Points. Gorman said the campaign, which is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Notre Dame Food Services, GreeND and the Hunger Coalition, had a total of about 1,200 participants in the past four weeks. Prior to the start of the Waste- Free Wednesdays campaign in 2008, the average student wasted about five ounces of food per meal, adding up to nearly two tons of food wasted each day. By the end of the fall 2012 semester, the waste dropped to 3.26 ounces per meal, Gorman said. This semester, Gorman said the waste is slightly higher, with an average of 3.5 ounces per student, but it has still drastically decreased compared to the 2008 statistics. The Office of Sustainability has also contributed to reducing waste by posting educational posters in the dining halls to encourage students and faculty to only take what they can finish. According to the office’ website, “Food scraps from the main Food Service facility are used for cattle feed, totaling about 37,000 pounds per year. Leftover cooked food is donated to two local homeless shelters.” Gorman is similarly concerned about the impact of food waste to the environment. “We are forcing our farms to produce more than we need, hurting our land. In addition, food waste produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas,” Gorman said. With the combined efforts of the co-sponsors of Waste-Free Wednesdays, Gorman said the University can provide more food to the needy, answer a social responsibility and avoid putting unnecessary strains on the environment. The challenge is letting people know they can easily have a large impact on hunger, Gorman said. “Waste-Free Wednesdays could be more effective if we were better able to educate students,” she said.last_img read more

Apple Pay and tech trends: 5 questions we forgot to ask

first_imgAs usual, Apple was at the forefront of people’s conversations last month when it rolled out Apple Pay. This new payment technology allows consumers to make in-store purchases with a single touch of their phone. That is, assuming the financial institution and the retailer both agree to support it. There is already controversy over which retailers will and will not accept Apple Pay, and most of it is surrounding payment fees and the need for new POS platforms.Another example of a relatively new technology is mobile banking apps. They have been on the market for about six years, yet many smaller credit unions are still wondering whether they should offer one. As a large investment of time and money, new tech concepts take time to fully diffuse. With all new technology, there will always be early adopters who are willing and able to begin using it immediately. On the other hand, not everyone is interested in changing their habits.One thing we can all agree on is that if a new form of technology is going to directly affect the way our members do their banking, we must be behind it 100%. When considering implementing new technology for your credit union, remember to ask the following questions:Is it something members want? You know your members like you know your own family. Rather than making assumptions on what they expect from you, go ahead and ask. Do they plan to use mobile payments? Do they want the option to check their balance on their phones? Do they own a smartphone in the first place? Their answers will help determine your plan.What new feature does it introduce? A new technology will add value to your credit union by offering members something they did not have access to previously. It is smart to differentiate what can be communicated through existing channels, and what would be better suited to an app, for example.Does it solve a real problem? “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet,” says Apple of its new payment system. But have your members expressed this as a problem? As Matt Davis of CU Water Cooler, gameFI and 6th Story asked following Money 20/20 – are they unhappy with the payment system as is? Perhaps the real problem at hand is data security, easy account access or otherwise.Is it easy to use? Technology is meant to simplify. Whether it is an app, a mobile website, a new payment method or some other change, it must provide a simple and streamlined user experience. Remember that members have varying degrees of technological expertise, so your continued education and support is important as well.Will it impact the community? Some big-box retailers are already opposing Apple Pay, and local businesses may follow suit. As an integral part of your community and your members’ lives, locally owned businesses are important to the decisions you make in-branch.At Buzz Points, we recently launched an updated version of our mobile app, based on direct feedback from our cardholders. When building the app, our goal was not only to improve the user experience for consumers, but also to support our local businesses and the communities where they reside. Buzz Points is a merchant-funded rewards program that partners with credit unions to encourage debit card use and shopping locally. Cardholders earn points for every transaction, even those made electronically through a system like Apple Pay, should you decide it is right for your members.Your members are your most important asset. A new technology is an investment and an extension of your credit union. Therefore, be sure to ask the proper questions when considering a new technology.In addition to the tech resources you have in place, Buzz Points can offer members a mobile presence and more. To learn more about Buzz Points, visit buzzpoints.com or contact sales@buzzpoints.com. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Emily Gasper Emily Gasper is a strategic communication and marketing professional based in Austin, Texas. Before joining Buzz Points, Emily was a Marketing Assistant at the Anthropologie home office in Philadelphia, and … Web: buzzpoints.com Detailslast_img read more

Marathonbet links-up with Premier League champs Man City

first_img Online bookmaker Marathonbet has migrated across Manchester, after becoming the first ever official global betting partner of Manchester City.The new multi-year agreement with last seasons runaway Premier League Champions covers both the men’s and women’s teams, with Marathonbet pledging that fans are to see some of the best odds on market when betting on City in the coming season, in celebration of the new deal.Natalia Zavodnik, Chief Executive Officer at Marathonbet, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this global partnership with one of the most exciting clubs in world football.“The club share our ideas of innovation and providing their supporters and football fans alike with extraordinary odds, markets and experiences; something we saw with their record breaking 2017/18 season. This announcement is a marker of our intention as a global brand and we can’t wait to get started.”Marathonbet is to see its logo emblazoned on interview backdrops as well as across the Etihad Stadium, with visitors to the stadium for the 2018/19 season to also see its matchday offering available through a number of branded betting kiosks.Fans of Pep Guardiola’s side are to also see Marathonbet provide a series of exclusive digital content, themed around the first team fixtures, and pre-match previews, as well as having the chance to win ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences.Damian Willoughby, Senior Vice President of partnerships at Manchester City Football Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Marathonbet to Manchester City. Marathonbet shares our commitment to providing fans across the world with the best possible matchday experience, whether that’s at the Etihad Stadium or following around the world through digital platforms.“Marathonbet has a great history of innovation and we are excited by their plans to engage with City fans through this new partnership.”Announcing the deal, both parties joined forces for the below video.Video Playerhttps://oddslifenetstorage.blob.core.windows.net/sbcnews/2018/06/English-Version.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more