Gracie Wong, Food Waste Fellow
Description: UCI Hospitality & Dining in partnership with Student Housing is committed to sustainable practices in food waste. UCI supports the sustainability goals of the UC Office of the President in reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the sustainable foods available, and reducing water usage. UCI Hospitality & Dining, in conjunction with dining partner Aramark Higher Education, was awarded the 2014 EPA Food Recovery Challenge Narrative Award for Source Reduction.
Student Project: This project fellow will create and implement educational programming and conduct engaged research on food waste at UCI. The fellow will be a team member of the sustainability program of Student Housing and/or Hospitality & Dining Services.
Gracie is a third-year undergraduate student double majoring in Earth Systems Science and Public Health Policy who joins us for a second year as Food Waste Fellow. She believes it is crucial to bring together education in the sciences with social work to make lasting systemic changes. While at UCI, she has been engaged in multiple programs in sustainability, such as the Costa Rica Program, Student Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Student Led Sustainability Congress, UCI Dining, and the Global Sustainability Resource Center. She believes in the interconnectedness of the natural environment and humans, and hopes to reach out to as many people as possible to bridge the gap between a busy life and making conscious decisions. She enjoys cooking to maintain a connection between herself and her food, and practicing yoga to remain mindful.