Cafeteria Culture (CafCu) is working creatively to achieve zero waste school cafeterias and climate smart communities through education, arts, media, and action.
Founded in 2009 as Styrofoam out of Schools, CafCu catalyzed the complete elimination of polystyrene (aka styrofoam) trays from all NYC schools and the 5 other largest US urban school districts. Our efforts will result in the elimination of half a BILLION styrofoam trays per year from landfills, incinerators, and student meals across the US. We are dedicated to ensuring that these new compostable plates remain as resources.
CafCu is one of five recipients within North America to receive the inaugural 2015 UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) for Environmental-STEM education for our ARTS+ACTION school program (awarded via North American Association of Envrionmental Education). CafCu is also a recipient of a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Environmental Quality Award (2013)