About the SORT2SAVE KIT
Licensing - Partners - Funders!
The Cafeteria Culture team has been piloting the Cafeteria Ranger Program in NYC Department of Education Schools since 2011. We have led the program in over fifteen K-12 schools, servicing over 5,000 students from Manhattan and Brooklyn communities.
Atsuko Quirk, CafCu Media Director and Cafeteria Ranger Program Director, piloted the first version of the Cafeteria Ranger Program at the Earth School. One day, she walked into her children's cafeteria and thought it was "a special day" because there was no sorting and nobody seemed to care about the amounts of garbage. Atsuko asked the principal if she could try out a program with students taking on leadership roles to help with recycling and composting, as students do back in Atsuko's home country of Japan.
In 2012, Atsuko and Debby Lee Cohen, CafCu Executive Director and Founder, decided to pilot the first ARTS+ACTION Cafeteria Waste Reduction Program, merging the hands-on Cafeteria Ranger program with interdisciplinary classroom learning and advocacy. Since that time, we have led the program primarily in low-income communities of color. We realized that for the program to be a success, we needed to seek out the challenges and find solutions.
Our dream has always been to share this program
WITH ALL SCHOOLS FOR FREE!
We are extremely grateful to all of our school partners and funders, who worked with us over the last 5 years, sharing ideas, providing valuable feedback, and allowing us to make mistakes and to try again! These schools have been our partners in innovating operations, curriculum and solutions for a zero waste, healthy future for generations to come.
Cafeteria Culture is a very small not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. We are a regular staff of 3, who volunteer over 30 % of our time and work in a virtual office. We are very grateful for the other members of our CafCu Team: interns, volunteers, and assistants, who have helped us to lead and develop the SORT2SAVE KIT.
Schools need the SORT2SAVE KIT and zero waste curriculum now!
In New York City:
In NYC, our Throw Away Culture costs NYC taxpayers over $330 million per year!
We export garbage in gas sucking, carbon spewing trucks, that crisscross the city, first to waste transfer stations located primarily in low-income minority neighborhoods, then to out of state landfills and incinerators. The entire journey contributes to climate change, negatively impacting communities al along the way.
1-Diversion Report II, NYC Organics Collection Pilot, April - September 2014." NYC Department of Sanitation. Web. 22 July 2015.