Sodexo, the company behind the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s dining services on campus, held a week-long Sustainability Challenge from Oct. 22-26 to promote sustainability efforts on campus and encouraged students by offering prizes.
Sodexo is also present at many universities across the nation, and UH Mānoa was one of 35 colleges in the American West participating in the Sustainability Challenge.
A WEEK OF CHALLENGES
The Challenge, part of a five-day pilot program, focused on the company’s ongoing efforts to promote awareness about health and supporting local communities. The week consisted of various challenges where students competed for prizes, a food drive and a day dedicated to presentations promoting awareness about environmental needs in Hawai‘i and the world.
For the main challenge, students were asked to pick up a challenge card at Campus Center on Monday and brainstorm the best ideas on how to be sustainable around campus and in their lives. The challenge card covered the company’s five areas of sustainability: Protect the Planet, Nutrition and Wellness, Community, Sustainability Sourcing and Fight Waste and Hunger.
Once filled out, students could drop off the cards at several locations on campus, automatically providing entry to win a prize. Three students could win prizes which consisted of a goodie bag that contained a gift certificate and other items.
Another challenge also took place on Sodexo’s Facebook page – the “I Commit!” photo booth challenge. People took pictures of themselves around campus with a sign detailing their commitment to sustainability and posted it on Sodexo’s Facebook page. On Friday, whoever had the most “likes” by midnight won a sustainability goodie bag.
Tuesday focused on reaching out to students who lived in the dorm buildings. A kiosk booth was set up near Hale Aloha Cafeteria, where Kukui Cup representatives promoted the challenge. Points were available for students who were participating in the year-long Kukui Cup to involve themselves in Sodexo’s sustainability week.
On Wednesday, both UH Food Day 2012 and the Stop Hunger Drive were held. Food Day was hosted by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Soil Sciences and was held in the Executive Dining Room. Presentations, food demonstrations and other informational exhibits were made available.
The Stop Hunger Drive, held in Campus Center, aimed to collect food and monetary donations with proceeds going to the Hawai‘i Food Bank. The winner was Hawai‘i Shotokan Karate, who donated 146 canned items and $935. Their prize will be a catered party sponsored by Sodexo.