Commencement By the Numbers
Hospitality Services at Rensselaer, provided by Sodexo Campus Services, reports that there are several sustainability initiatives planned for this year’s Commencement that will help to support the local economy and community.
For example, the annual Commencement barbecue will include nearly 3,900 pounds of meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, and sausage, along with all of the necessary condiments. Sodexo will be using 13,000 locally baked hamburger and hot dog buns, as well as 1,920 pounds of fruit salad, along with bottled water and canned Pepsi products.
The Rensselaer bake shop will serve up 3,500 brownies and 6,500 Commencement cookies, and attendees will also get to enjoy 6,500 locally made ice cream novelties from the Gillette Creamery.
“One of the Rensselaer goals, similar to many other colleges and universities, is to minimize its carbon footprint through sustainable practices. Rensselaer has teamed up with several local partners such as the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Clean Communities Coalition to advance sustainable initiatives.” —Jason Jones
On a larger scale, the latest parking and transportation initiatives planned for Commencement will benefit the community, according to Jason Jones, operations manager of parking and transportation at Rensselaer.
“Rensselaer has teamed up with several local partners such as the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Clean Communities Coalition to advance sustainable initiatives.”