With the help of some pro-active social-networking on Facebook, the UCLA campus is being transformed into a new food cooperative. ‘GOOD Maker’ collaborated with UCLA’s BGreen Consulting to launch the Green Solutions Competition. The competition called out for ideas that could help improve the sustainability of the school. The winning team was the UCLA Student Food Collective, who managed to drum up support for an on-campus food organization that now has around 40 members.
Some of the original objectives of the competition included reducing greenhouse gas emissions, achieving zero waste by 2020, and ensuring that 20 percent of the produce consumed would be sustainable. Now the Food Collective also plans to incorporate a permanent student-owned and operated cooperative market by next year.
The organization aims to provide fresh and sustainably sourced or local produce for the campus, and will set up workshops where fellow students can learn about growing their own vegetables. They’ve even hosted potluck meals and designed quarterly food zines to promote sustainable produce.
Here’s hoping they make it to their goal.
Images courtesy of UCLA Student Food Coop Facebook Page