MCLA Greenhouse Showcases Campus Sustainability Efforts

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Thanks to the MCLA Dining, Facilities, and the Campus Sustainability Committee, Venable Greenhouse is now home to seedlings that will become veggies and herbs for sauces, salsas, and pickles. 
When students return to campus next semester, they'll be able to try a few varieties of an "MCLA Pickle" created by MCLA Dining Executive Chef Tony Fiorentino.  
According to a press release, while the greenhouse will only produce a small amount of food, it's a visible reminder of the commitment MCLA and Aramark, which holds the college dining contract, have made to sustainability on campus. 
MCLA Dining staff are already composting, weighing scraps to keep track of and reduce food waste, and purchasing Fair Trade coffee, cage-free eggs, and other foods with a lower environmental impact.  
"Aramark/MCLA Dining was one of our strongest partners from the beginning when the Sustainability Committee started," said Environmental Studies Professor Elena Traister, who heads the College's Campus Sustainability Committee. 
Aramark has committed to reducing food waste by 50 percent across its entire span of operations by 2030; reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from its 2019 baseline by 15 percent by 2025; and has committed to reducing single-use plastics, including reducing plastic straws and stirrers by 59 percent since 2018.  
Students are involved in the greenhouse effort as well. Campus sustainability intern Anayra Colon has been helping with garden maintenance and raising awareness of the project via MCLA Dining's Instagram, @MCLA_Dining_Services. Traister said she's planning to recruit another student to take over this fall.  
 "It's always evolving," said MCLA Dining General Manager Scott Tolmach. "We're always trying to come up with ways to improve sustainability."

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Mass MoCA to Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

A conceptual image of the restaurant.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Georgian restaurant out of New York City is planning a pop-up eatery at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.
The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.
"The operators for this pop-up restaurant are coming to us from Manhattan, where they run two restaurants with Georgian — as in, over-in-Europe Georgian — style food, and they recently, last year pre-COVID, hosted a dinner event for us so we got to know them and their delicious food," said Tracy Moore, the museum's interim director. "They would operate as many days as they could in the beginning as they staff up and ultimately gearing towards full lunch and dinner operations that comport with Mass MoCA hours."
Tamara Chubinidze, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, opened Chama Mama in New York City in 2019 and has had plans to expand. The restaurant is appearing before 
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