Food & Dining

Introduction

Modern industrial food production often has deleterious environmental and social impacts. Institutions can use their food purchases to support their local economies; encourage safe, environmentally friendly and humane farming methods; and help eliminate unsafe working conditions and alleviate poverty for farmers. These actions help reduce environmental impacts, preserve regional farmland, improve local food security, and support fair and resilient food systems. Dining services can also support sustainable food systems by preventing food waste and diverting food materials from the waste stream, by making low impact dining options available, and by educating its customers about more sustainable options and practices.

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Food Systems Carbon Footprint Analyzed by Students and University Stakeholders Membership Required

  • Elon University (NC)

The University's Sustainability Master Plan has targeted carbon neutrality across the institution by 2037. To help meet this goal, students in the Environmental Studies Senior capstone course worked with ...

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Gardening with seniors: Benefits across socioeconomic status Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

Recently, researchers have become interested in the psychological benefits of engaging in nature-based activities. Thus far, research has shown that gardening can increase well-being and sense of community (Armstrong, 2000 ...

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Organic Recycling - It's Here! Membership Required

  • Nature Works (GA)

Noting the growing success of food waste diversion and composting, NatureWorks LLC(www.natureworksllc.com) and one of its key partners (R3/Bunzl Distribution) will showcase commercial success of organic ...

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Food Rescue Membership Required

  • Pacific University (OR)

Food Rescue is a student-initiated food donation program that works to diminish food waste and redistribute leftovers from Pacific University campus events and dining hall meals to local community shelters ...

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Promoting Sustainable Communities: The Randolph College Permaculture Program Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

Randolph College has a thriving permaculture and organic garden program, well-integrated into the college curriculum and offering semester and summer internships. The garden includes an orchard of heirloom fruit and ...

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Developing a Local Food System at Southern Illinois University Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

If universities are to seriously seek strong overall campus sustainability, the efficiency and environmental impacts of individual campus sectors, such as resident dining, must be analyzed. At Southern Illinois University ...

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UNT Dining Services: Going Green One Plate at a Time Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)

At UNT Dining Services we understand that sustainability is a delicate balance between improving lifestyle choices and a feeling of well-being, and preserving natural resources on which we and future ...

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Strengthening community through partnerships around local food and sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Strong communities are places where people depend upon each other and work together for the common good, where all community members are appreciated and supported (particularly the poor and underprivileged ...

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Boundary Crossing, Experiential Learning, and Sustainable Agriculture at Virginia Tech Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

A diverse team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners collaborated to conceptualize, develop, and propose undergraduate curriculum for a transdisciplinary and experiential-based Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) Minor ...

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WMU EcoMug: An Initiative to Reduce Disposable Cups on Campus Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University spends over $32,000 annually on foam cups, paper cups, and plastics lids. There are additional "upstream" environmental and energy costs associated with manufacturing these products and ...

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Advancing the Sustainability of Complex Institutions: The University of British Columbia Food System Project Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

This presentation describes a multi-stakeholder, community based action research project - the University of British Columbia Food System Project (UBCFSP). This project was initiated by the UBC's Faculty of Land ...

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Sustainable Agriculture on a Community College Campus Membership Required

  • College of DuPage (IL)

This presentation discusses work at a community college in Chicago's western suburbs, where we combine the interdisciplinary (English and Biology) academic study of food and agriculture with hands-on experience ...

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A Tale of Two Sustainability Coordinators: Two Models at One College Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Sodexo (FL)

Berea College hired a campus-wide Sustainability Coordinator in 2005. In response to its ongoing work with the Berea College Local Food Initiative, Sodexo hired a Sustainability Coordinator for Berea Dining ...

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Measuring Institutional Carbon "Foodprints" Membership Required

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Amid growing concerns about climate change, colleges and universities across the country are conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in order to begin taking steps toward reducing their carbon footprint. Many ...

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Food Waste Tracking: The First Step Toward Food Waste Minimization Membership Required

  • LeanPath, Inc. (OR)

Food waste minimization is a key element of any portfolio of campus dining sustainability strategies. Food waste tracking is the first step toward minimization. This presentation will feature college and ...

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Growing Relationships Through Composting: A University Case Study Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a public, four-year institution with a 40,000 student enrollment. The campus population also includes more than 30,000 staff. In an effort to reduce ...

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Integrating Farm to College Efforts: Education, Policy, & Research Membership Required

  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

At present, we stand at a critical moment as sustainable food system initiatives spread on colleges and universities across the country. From farm to college programs, fair trade & farm ...

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The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association: Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Sustainable Food and Farming Systems in Higher Education Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

Sustainable agriculture as an academic discipline is an emerging field. In the past five to ten years, numerous U.S. colleges and universities have formed courses and programs dedicated to ...

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The Furman Sustainable Agriculture Project Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

At a small liberal arts school in upstate South Carolina, a quarter acre garden of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers is being cultivated and promises to be integral to Furman ...

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Assessing Sustainability in the University of Chicago Dining Halls: Food, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Membership Required

  • University of Chicago (IL)

Sustainability proponents are increasingly calling on academic institutions to render their food procurement practices more sustainable. "Locally produced" and "organic" are currently the only two available sustainable options, with availability ...

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Trayless Dining: The Triple Bottom Line Business and Social Case Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Trayless dining is recognized as a significant opportunity to introduce sustainability into the dining stream. It represents a true triple bottom line initiative with environmental, economic, and social benefits. Yet ...

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Serving Sustainability to Sun Devils: ASU's Award for Ecologically Healthy Food Services Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Serving Sustainability to Sun Devils is Arizona State University's award program for ecologically healthy food services. The mission of Serving Sustainability to Sun Devils is to provide a comprehensive ...

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A Comprehensive Case Study of Sustainable Dining Facilities Across Three Campuses: Membership Required

  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

This presentation will explore in detail the sustainable and environmental dining hall and food service measures and techniques of: - the new LEED Gold certified Commons Center at Vanderbilt University - the ...

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Integration of Community and College: Farmers Market at Paul Smiths College Membership Required

  • Paul Smith's College of Arts & Sciences (NY)

June 30th, 2008 marks the second season of the Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative at the Paul Smiths College's campus, a small, rural college in upstate New York. This year ...

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How a Large Institution of Higher Learning can Impact Regional Growth on Sustainability Practices: Commercial Composting in the Pacific Northwest Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington is a public, four-year institution with a 40,000 student enrollment. The campus population also includes more than 30,000 faculty and staff. The Department of ...

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Addressing Food Insecurity with Campus Gardens Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Our campus community faces food and nutritional challenges like much of the nation. During this interactive case study presentation, we will share our experiences and lessons learned in growing our ...

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Campus Gardens & Farms: A discussion of best practices for student and faculty engagement Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Sustainable agriculture on campuses in the form of farms or gardens have their own unique challenges for student and faculty engagement. During this moderated networking session we will facilitate the ...

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Growing a Crop of 21st Century Innovators: Adapting our Learning Garden to Changing Times at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This interactive session will provide the historical perspective of developing a large learning garden at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus. The Learning Garden includes 51 raised beds, 2 ...

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Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Membership Required

  • Alfred State College (NY)

Alfred State has established the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) to serve students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices.

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Center For Sustainability Membership Required

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) manages nearly 10,000 acres of land on two campuses dedicated to instruction and research and serves as a ...

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Center for Regional Food Systems Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

The mission of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to ...

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Center for Environmental Farming Systems Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Membership Required

  • Tufts University (MA)

Working with new farmers to build strong businesses, expertise in the field, and a resilient food system. Programs include farmer training, food systems development, and a World Peas food hub.

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Agricultural Sustainability Institute Membership Required

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is a group of researchers, educators, and agricultural extension professionals working to answer big questions on how to make agriculture and food systems ...

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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS or the Center) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound ...

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Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program Membership Required

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

ASAP’s current mission is to build and sustain an organization that empowers the on and off campus community working to advance sustainable and organic food and farming systems in ...

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Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources Membership Required

  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

The Center has been working for two decades to bring sustainable solutions to the citizens and agricultural industry of Washington State. Its faculty and affiliates are working on exciting projects ...

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AAS in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Central Carolina Community College (NC)

As a pioneer in innovative curriculum programs for the community college system, CCCC scored another winning effort with the establishment of its Sustainable Agriculture program in 2002. Developed in partnership ...

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AAS in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Rio Salado College (AZ)

Sustainable Food Systems will show students how to identify ways to create sustainable food practices. Students will also learn about the real food movement, how food is produced and purchased ...

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AS in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)

The Sustainable Agriculture major is designed to train farmers and gardeners in the techniques of sustainable food production. It provides a foundation in plant and soil science, integrated pest management ...

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Sustainable Urban Agriculture (AS)

  • San Diego City College (CA)

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture program at City College offers you a hands-on approach to becoming a professional and/or academic in the fields of farming, gardening, gardening for the culinary ...

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Associate Degree in Farm & Food Systems

  • Greenfield Community College (MA)

The Farm & Food Systems program at GCC is a Liberal Arts advising option that explores the broad field of sustainable farming and local food systems. It provides students with ...

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Sustainable Agriculture Technology AAS

  • Triton College (IL)

Sustainable Agriculture Technology curriculum is designed to provide students the skills necessary to manage an environmentally sound and sustainable urban food production system. Graduates are qualified for numerous positions associated ...

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Agroecology (AS)

  • Northwest College (WY)

This degree is designed for students interested in the application and integration of biological and physical sciences with sustainable crop production. Students can transfer into Crop Science or Agronomy programs ...

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Agroecology (BS)

  • University of Wyoming (WY)

Agroecology, the study of agricultural ecosystems, is an interdisciplinary degree program within the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and the Department of Plant Sciences. The Bachelor of Science in ...

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BA in Land, Farming & Community

  • Xavier University (OH)

Students in the Land, Farming and Community major will take a wide variety of courses (in such disciplines as history, theology, biology, and English) both within the Core Curriculum and ...

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BA in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Sterling College (VT)

The Sterling students who get a degree in Sustainable Agriculture will learn how to build a future of small farming that doesn’t exacerbate climate change, water scarcity, or pollution ...

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BA in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

The way humans produce food can intensify problems like global warming, water scarcity and energy shortages. Farming methods can also become part of the solution for a more habitable world ...

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BA in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Sterling College (VT)

Studying sustainable food systems means taking an ecological approach to the future of food and food production. Students will examine the social, cultural, and ecological impacts of the way food ...

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BS in Agriculture with Emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture

  • University of Missouri (MO)

Increasingly, farmers are looking for creative ways to increase and diversify farm income, while consumers are seeking sustainably raised food produced close to home. Sustainable agriculture meets the needs of ...

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Food & Dining Partners

Chartwells Higher Education

Rye Brook, NY
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AGreenOZZI, LLC

East Greenwich, RI
Business Affiliate
Sustainability-minded AGreenOzzi has created the OZZI Collection System. This patented technology will help eliminate the use of traditional disposable take-out containers and replace them with sustainable reusable containers.

Aramark Higher Education

Philadelphia, PA
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Creative Dining Services

Zeelend, MI
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Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Oakland, CA
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FarmLogix, LLC

Evanston, IL
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Java City

Sacramento, CA
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Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
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Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.

Tork, an Essity brand

Philadelphia, PA
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SCA is a leading global hygiene products company that develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Tork, a global brand of SCA, is a market leader and committed partner to customers in over 100 countries.

Vegware US

Warren, OH
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