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Closing the Loop: Promoting Sustainability through Food at the University of Nevada, Reno
AuthorMilner, Cristina N.
AdvisorCollopy, Michael W.
Natural Resources and Environmental Science
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Sustainability is an issue that everyone must face in the near future. One way that universities across the United States are addressing sustainability and promoting environmental awareness on campus is through food. Food sustainability is primarily achieved by closing the loop on campus food systems and educating the student body on the importance of its food choices. My thesis project aims to identify what other universities have done to achieve success in their food initiatives and figure out how to develop these initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). I found that by integrating the goals and efforts of student, faculty, and food services, a campus-wide food movement can be developed, and sustainability can be achieved. UNR will need to form a food working group to address student awareness of food sustainability as well as farming, local food sourcing, and composting programs to close the loop on campus.