Green Hero Award – Lafayette, CA School reduces lunch waste 95%

Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Community, Green/Sustainability |

Every so often we could all need some GOOD news – no matter how small or regional the source. And this weekend a longtime friend did just that – sending me a link to Sustainable Lafayette that outlined a tremendously successful program that reduced launch waste by a staggering factor of 95

Before Lisa got involved and made the change, the lunch period produced 20 cans of garbage, now only 1 can of garbage is produced and even that is not completely full.


And while I’m not as involved in Green and sustainability as I was on a daily basis when I was working on my green-related websites, I’m still very much committed to the cause and want to promote it whenever possible so I love sharing this story.

And I’m proud to say that Lisa Evariso, the woman behind this incredible effort, is a longtime friend – going way back to 7th grade as a matter of fact. Great job Lisa!

Read the full story here


Lisa Evaristo, a mother of three, began working with the Burton Valley hot lunch program ten years ago, motivated by her two passions, kids and food. For the past five years Lisa has been the head of the program, working diligently to improve the nutritional value of the food, recycling methods, and student involvement. Lisa noticed that each lunch day produced an incredible 20 cans of garbage filled with food, water bottles, milk cartons, trays, and paper. So Lisa made it her goal to work with Burton Valley’s administration and students to create a more sustainable, green, and healthier lunch program.


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