Using waste data in math class
Part of the Beyond Green model is engaging all stakeholders on the way towards creating a more wholesome, responsible food program. This looks different for every community, but there are endless ways to streamline programs through the cafeteria in schools.
Here are a few ideas:
- Designate a day for parents to come and eat breakfast or lunch with students
- Math and science classes can use data from waste management in lessons
- Student walkthroughs of the cafeteria can be a mini-field trip related to the environment, history, nutrition, economics, or almost any subject
- Invite guest chefs from the community to cook and serve lunch
- The kitchen can cater all or some of a meal for important school events
- Recipe contests that feature the wining student’s creation on the menu
- After school cooking classes for fun or for a service project
This is just the tip of the iceberg for how a cafeteria can become more engrained into the culture of a school. This gets students (and parents/admin) thinking regularly about what they eat, where it comes from, and the environmental and social impacts of the food system. This will influence participation in a school’s food program and instill healthier, more aware practices for future generations.
Check out what one math class worked on using Beyond Green’s program for measuring and reducing waste.