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Environment

Farm-to-table program I’ve seen
Hudson Farmers’ Market reached out to our school district to get the first indoors farmers’ market off the ground. We held the first market in October in the cafeteria commons at our high school. Connecting parents with the event allowed us to highlight what we do with farm to school. It also provided an opportunity to shop for home. It was a great message, a great connection, and supported local commerce and sustainability. All the good buzz words.
—Maureen Faron Pisanick, R.D., supervisor of nutrition services, Hudson City School District, Hudson, Ohio

Environmentally focused operation I’ve seen
Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Va., has one of the best local food programs I have ever seen. Their leadership’s commitment to allocating budget to regionally sourced food is incredible. WLU has changed its operation from the bottom up to include this food.
—Elena Dulys-Nusbaum, sustainability coordinator, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va.

The best use of composting I’ve seen
I have been most intrigued by the development of facilities that are able not only to create compost from organic waste but also to generate energy for other uses. The Barr-Tech facility in eastern Washington and the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico, N.Y., are two examples.
—Mary Gregoire, director of nutrition services, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

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