BOSTON (AP) -- Seven New England colleges and universities have been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for significantly reducing food waste.
Harvard University in Cambridge, Clark University in Worcester and Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., were among the schools that were given "Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Awards" for cutting food waste below previous years' levels.
Suffolk University in Boston, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Keene State College in Keene, N.H., and the University of New Hampshire in Durham, also won the awards.
The EPA said the schools prevented more than 2,528 tons of food scraps from disposal.
The EPA's Food Recovery Challenge invites organizations across the country to divert surplus food to feed people or for composting instead of disposing it in landfills or incinerators.