Lindsay Klingenschmidt

Lindsay Klingenschmidt

Lindsay Klingenschmidt

Speaker | University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC |

Lindsay Klingenschmidt, born and raised in Ohio, holds degrees from Elon University (BA History) and The University in Alabama (BS Food & Nutrition). Lindsay joined UNC Charlotte’s Dining Services team with a focus on Wellness & Sustainability. She was invited to speak at AASHE (2018) as well as the Sustainable Dining Summit held at UNC Asheville (2019). Lindsay has passionately embraced the growth of Hydroponics, waste diversion, Fair Trade Campaigns, and plant-based dining

Session Name: College and University Composting 1: The Small(er) School Experience

Session Time: Thursday, January 30, 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Presentation Title: How Partnerships Led to the Collection of 1,000,000 Pounds of Organics!

Presentation Description: The question that is always asked after you find out a fellow university / college colleague says they collect organics on campus: Is your dining contractor on board? This question is key to ensuring an organics diversion program is successful. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University’s dining contractor Chartwells have made this partnership work. Here’s how – collaboration and innovation. Our proposed presentation will discuss how the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling and Chartwells have moved the diversion and collection of organics forward on UNC Charlotte’s campus. From waste audits to employee training, we have implemented back of house organics collection at every dining facility on campus. In addition, we are piloting a front of house organics / compostable serviceware program at one facility. At the beginning of May 2019, we collected our 1,000,000th pound of organic material!

We’ve conducted more than 15 waste audits of our dining facilities on campus, including before and after audits at most all locations. We’ve created training videos for all incoming Chartwells staff, and conduct ongoing training at all facilities at the beginning of each school year. We’ve created signage for back of house facilities and we’ve continued to push building managers to allow us to begin these collection programs. We are continuously improving our process to capture more organics, and we track our weights on a weekly basis. The success of this program does not happen without a strong partnership and willingness on both sides to get their hands dirty (literally!). This presentation will demonstrate the successes that can be achieved by working together and how partnerships like these can help campuses move towards zero waste.