Virginia Tech Housing and Dining Services has filled the position of sustainability coordinator with a familiar face. Rachael Budowle, a Tech alumna, began working for the university in July 2009 as an adjunct faculty member to develop a sustainable dining program on campus.
Budowle previously worked for the office of waste production and recycling for the town of Blacksburg.
Budowle applied for the job after the former coordinator, Andy Sarjahani, left Tech at the end of the last academic year.
"It's really promising that we have a new guiding principle that supports sustainability, so we are going to strive to achieve sustainability in dining services," Budowle said. She has been working to increase composting opportunities, divert excess food to local food banks, and reduce waste with reusable products in dining halls.
Students will be encouraged to refrain from taking their meals to-go from dining halls in order to decrease the use of non-recyclable materials.
Budowle received her bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in biology from Tech, as well as her master's in animals and public policy from Tufts University.