“It’s like a moral cost versus the actual cost”

A community cookout followed yesterday’s Convocation. Some 4000 people were estimated to have attended. The meal was advertised as a “waste free event.” Not advertised were the higher costs of the meal, which included buying special new reusable plates.

According to The Daily Dartmouth, Sustainable Dartmouth estimated that there would be 700 lbs. less waste than the cookout from last year. Not noted by the Daily D, however, was the absence of compost bins at the Homeplate dining hall yesterday evening. Which should teach us all an invaluable lesson: reducing waste is good, but hype about reducing waste is better.