green and white graphic with text advertising the UCO Sustainability meeting on Sept 20, 3:30-5:00pm in NUC 300

Bucking Industrial Food

The Central Oklahoma Sustainability Collaborative (COSC) is proud to be working with our student arm, Students for Sustainability, to host the first sustainability meeting of the 2022-2023 academic year. You won’t want to miss it on Tuesday, September 20 from 3:30-5:00pm in the NUC 300, Carl Albert Room.

From 3:30-4:00pm we will give updates and get feedback from attendees on campus sustainability initiatives. These includes our petition and proposal for a Sustainability Center on campus, our grant for food recovery and composting, Students for Sustainability activities, and other educational opportunities happening in the OKC metro area.

Then from 4:00-5:00pm Mary Bixler will host “Bucking Industrial Food.” Where does our food come from and what are the environmental impacts of industrial versus local food systems? Once food gets to the consumer, what happens with food waste and how does that further impact the environment? As a board member of the Oklahoma Compost and Sustainability Association, a UCO alumna (2018), and manager of the OKC Scissortail Park Farmers Market, Mary is well-versed in the place of industrial food systems in feeding our state.

Mary will put local food systems into perspective, from planting to eating to composting food waste. In fact, you can bring a bag (paper or BPI compostable plastic) of food waste to contribute to our new compost bin!

We hope to see you there as we work together towards a more sustainable campus.