This semester, CRRS student staff dove back into the Crossroads Dining Common project. We started implementing composting in the front and back of the house over the course of the summer, and continued following through with the team over the course of this fall semester. One huge step forward was switching the landfill compactor into a compost compactor. Thus, when the fall semester began, it was important for us to make sure that the custodial staff of both Crossroads and the RSSP building were on board with the new compost system. We also updated the signage on the front of the house to educate the students/staff dining in the facility about our new waste system. One of the biggest signage projects currently in progress is to create a storyboard around the dish room to show students where their food waste goes and how the composting cycle works. This storyboard was also requested by the Foothill dining common management who also inaugurated their new dish room this semester. In order for us to move forward with this project, we are also hoping to create a reward system that will work autonomously in order to incentivize the staff to continue their composting/recycling efforts in the long term. Aside from Crossroads, I took on the Zellerbach project. After a preliminary meeting with the Zellerbach manager, we decided to do a detailed assessment of the building’s needs before we changed anything. Before the end of the year, we plan on presenting at the building’s all-staff meeting early December to announce the changes we plan to make and answer any questions/concerns the staff may have. Following those announcements we will implement a new bins/signage and help the staff transition into this new system.
-CRRS Staff Assistant, Katia Nicolas