Campus ID News
Card, mobile credential, payment and security
FEATURED
PARTNERS
Green2Go box 1

Carleton finds utility in reusable containers amid COVID-19

Andrew Hudson   ||   Nov 06, 2020  ||   ,

A student-led initiative brought Green2Go reusable containers to Carleton College last spring, and despite campus changes amid the coronavirus the containers have been a successful fit on the Northfield, MN campus. Plans for the reusable container program preceded the arrival of COVID-19 as a simple sustainability measure, but changing perceptions around eating in at campus dining halls might be breathing new life into the program.

According to an official university release, the original pilot for Carleton's Green2Go containers was set for the spring 2020 semester but the arrival of COVID-19 forced the college to shift focus and put the program on hold. However, the Carleton Student Association had already funded the purchase of 300 reusable containers and there were still some 280 students on campus, so the pilot went forward.

“A lot of students did not want to eat in the dining hall—they were scared,” says Katie McKenna, dining services manager with Bon Appétit, Carleton College's food service provider. “They just wanted to take food out, and we were going through a lot of disposable clamshells every week. It was frightening, the number with only 280 students on campus.”

So each on-campus student was given a Green2Go exchange card, which could be traded for a reusable container at a dining hall. After use, students are were expected to rinse out their container and return it to the dining facility at their next meal, either for an exchange card or another container.

As with many institutions across the country, Carleton made the decision to bring the majority of its students back to campus this fall, and with the fall came a full-scale Green2Go deployment.

The cost for the Green2Go disposable containers during Carleton's trial spring semester saw the containers used for about 2,100 meals per week at $0.26 per reusable container -- a weekly cost of $546. Carleton projected those figures to rise to 16,000 meals and $4,160 a week during a full fall semester. Each Green2Go container can be used as many as 300 times at a cost of $4.10, or roughly the equivalent cost of 16 disposable, single-use containers.

“When we looked at what the cost was to get the product in here, it was pretty easy to arrive at,” says Jesse Cashman, the director of Auxiliary Services and client manager for Carleton’s contract with Bon Appétit. “We’re going to return our cost here within 3-4 months of this operation, which is pretty astounding.”

For its full-scale rollout Carleton purchased 3,500 Green2Go containers in July, and 1,000 more in September, all with money set aside for COVID-19 expenses on campus.

“In an odd way, I think COVID-19 has helped this program with student awareness. I can talk about reducing waste all day long, but it really has to be something that the students buy into," says McKenna. "They wanted to be able to eat out of the dining hall, and how could we do that successfully? The clamshells were the answer.”

Related Posts

|| TAGS:
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

RECENT ARTICLES

facial recognition in college classroon

Is facial recognition on campus moving from access control to the classroom?

Facial recognition already unlock phones, expedites airport passage, and replaces IDs for door access, but now it’s efficacy is being testing in college classrooms. Chafic Bou-Saba teaches information systems at Guilford College. He believes he can improve student academic performance via cameras and AI. He and a team of students are designing a facial recognition […]
Feb 28, 24 /

Cal Poly pilots reusable dining containers to curb waste

Students at Cal Poly have been pushing for green initiatives on the San Luis Obispo campus, and dining services is listening. A new pilot program will test reusable containers in an effort to reduce waste from disposable take-out boxes. “The program greatly reduces resource consumption on campus while diverting single-use containers from landfills,” says a […]
Door access reader
Feb 23, 24 /

Migrating from prox to contactless from a student perspective

At the end of 2023, the Elizabethtown College campus card was upgraded from proximity to contactless technology. As campus card, security, and auxiliary service professionals, we understand that this is positive step to replace an outdated technology with a modern, secure option. It is a mistake, however, to assume that students have the same level […]
CIDN logo reversed
The only publication dedicated to the use of campus cards, mobile credentials, identity and security technology in the education market. CampusIDNews – formerly CR80News – has served more than 6,500 subscribers for more than two decades.
Twitter

Feb. 1 webinar explores how mobile ordering enhanced campus life, increased sales at UVA and Central Washington @Grubhub @CBORD

Join Jeff Koziol and Robert Gaulden from @AllegionUS as we explore how mobile credentials and proptech are changing on- and off-campus housing.

Load More...
Contact
CampusIDNews is published by AVISIAN Publishing
315 E. Georgia St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
www.AVISIAN.com[email protected]
Use our contact form to submit tips, corrections, or questions to our team.
©2024 CampusIDNews. All rights reserved.