TRUYA is engaging on sustainability projects which include, among others:
1. ENHANCING SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION AND SUSTAINABILITY BY ENGAGING IN REDUCTION OF FOOD WASTE AROUND UNIVERSITY CAMPUS PROJECT.
This project is among of the World Student Environment Network (WSEN) sustainability initiatives to be implemented in the Universities around the world, and has been approved to be implemented by TRUYA at the University of Dar es salaam.
The project aimed to provide primary data (phase I of the project) on the magnitude, causes of, and cost of food plate waste, as well as formulating different strategies and implementation plans (phase II of the project) for reducing food waste production in University cafeterias and student centres. The slogan of this project is reduce and re-use of organic food waste.
The outcome of this project is to have zero organic waste production by reducing the amount of food waste along with conducting decomposition to produce biogas and fertilizer. The production of biogas (a renewable energy which is more efficient and sustainable) will reduce the cost of using charcoal (a non-renewable energy and unsustainable, which is currently used in the cafeterias for cooking), as well as minimise the rate of deforestation and emission of carbon monoxide (CO) generated from burning of charcoal.
Also, the slurry(remaining’s from biogas production) will be used to generate organic manure .Biogas-slurry is the safe,organic liquid fertilizer that can be applied to crops, flowers and trees.Biogas-slurry increases agricultural productivity and long-term soil fertility. Alternatively, the food waste can also be decomposed by using Bokashi technology (using sawdust) and produce fertilizer. The resulting fertilizer will be used to revitalise soil for organic farming within the University of Dar es Salaam campus and beyond.
These subsidiary projects will be part and parcel of students learning platforms (learning on how to engage in community works, volunteerism and entrepreneurship) which will results to a massive job creation for the graduates. The lesson learnt from the implementation of this project at the University level will be used as a reference to institutionalise this project at the national level.