The annual Facilities Management Ice Cream Social was held on Thursday, June 18. This year, the Office for Sustainability collaborated with event planners to make the social a zero waste event. A zero waste event works to divert at least 90% of the waste created at the event out of landfills and into recycling or compost bins. The bowls, spoons, and napkins used were all compostable, along with the ice cream itself. OFS provided volunteers by each composting bin to help sort out any non-compostable items, including water bottles and packaging materials.
In addition to making the event zero waste, the Office for Sustainability also contributed to the event by tabling along with other FM resources, including the FM Diversity Council. The Sustainability table included three different efforts. First, the Sustainability table advocated for U.Va. Saves Hour with a poster on ways to save energy as well as individual fliers. The Sustainability table also promoted green pledges with an “I Pledge To:” white board where attendees could write down small actions they plan to take to be more sustainable. Finally, the FM Green Workplace Leaders volunteered to promote the Green Workplace Program, a checklist of actions to help workplaces improve the sustainability of their operations.
In review, this year’s Ice Cream Social was a huge success from a sustainability standpoint. Next year, OFS hopes to incorporate a more interactive activity at the Sustainability table, like a Bin It To Win It Paper Toss or Tap Water Challenge Test.