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August 7, 2023 - In just one year, FUEL NKU and NKU Sustainability, have saved more than 3,000 pounds of food waste from the landfill! Composting became part of FUEL’s daily operations last summer when NKU partnered with GoZero Services to further our sustainability efforts. 

To date, NKU has diverted 3,286 pounds of waste which is a huge number when you consider nearly 40 percent of all food produced goes to waste and 30 percent ends up in landfills. Imagine if Mount Rumpke was 30 percent smaller! 

“NKU Sustainability was excited to partner with FUEL NKU to address their food waste and help FUEL meet their organizational mission of ‘Zero Waste,’” Tiffany Budd, NKU Sustainability Coordinator, said. “Composting is a top concern for NKU students, and we have taken the first step in diverting thousands of pounds of campus food waste from landfill.” 

Composting is just one of many sustainability initiatives by FUEL NKU, NKU’s on-campus food pantry, and NKU Sustainability.

For more information on those initiatives, please visit their websites: FUEL NKU and NKU Sustainability.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit