EPA recognizes university’s sustainability efforts

Patrick McElroy (right), executive chef of Bon Appétit, explains how used cooking oil is recycled into biodiesel that is then used in the Bon Appétit delivery trucks. John Smith (left), deputy director of the Air & Waste Management Division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7, was on campus May 21 to recognize the university for reducing its volume of solid waste. With Smith are (from left) Nadeem Siddiqui, resident district manager of Bon Appétit, and Paul Schimmele, dining services manager. The university has recycled more than 23,000 gallons of kitchen waste oil into biodiesel to fuel campus delivery trucks. The university recently joined the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a national initiative aimed at encouraging organizations to find better alternatives to throwing away food. For more information on the EPA’s recognition of the university, visit here. (Credit: Joe Angeles/WUSTL PHOTOS)