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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Campus Dining 101: A Benchmark Study on Farm to College in New England Membership Required

  • Farm to Institution New England (VT)

Farm to Institution New England is pleased to announce a report that highlights the data collected from college dining operators in the region. This is the second report in our ...

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The Menus of Change Protein Flip Membership Required

  • The Culinary Institute of America (NY)

The Protein Flip, an outcome of the Menus of Change initiative, is available as a resource for foodservice operators of all kinds. This material centers around the concept of “the ...

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Menus of Change Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus Membership Required

  • The Culinary Institute of America (NY)

These principles are part of the Menus of Change initiative by The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Sustainability, Food Systems and Entrepreneurship Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • AASHE (PA)

The food movement comes in many shapes and sizes. People wonder more now than ever, where does my food come from? How is it grown? Who grows it? Who has ...

  • Posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)

Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of ...

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Case study for evaluating campus sustainability: nitrogen balance for the University of Minnesota Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

American ecologists recently began to address the ecology of cities. Concurrently, higher education institutions have developed sustainability education programs and instituted sustainability policies and projects. This paper draws together these ...

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Communicating sustainability: student perceptions of a behavior change campaign

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the impacts of a science-based environmental communication campaign at a university dining hall. The impacts are assessed in terms of student attitudes toward sustainability ...

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Executive Education Program in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Columbia University (NY)

The food system is complex and encompasses all aspects of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) Executive Education Program in Sustainable Food Systems ...

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Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems at Portland State University offers students the opportunity to explore the complex issues and relationships between food, people, and society. The program draws ...

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Real Food Assessment Tips Membership Required

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

This document outlines helpful tips for identifying food and beverage products that meet the Real Food Standards, i.e. products that are fair, ecologically sound, humane, and/or local and ...

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Real Food Standards 2.0 Membership Required

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Standards are a comprehensive guide to socially and environmentally responsible food purchasing for universities, developed in deep collaboration with advisors and stakeholders - including 100+ farmers, ranchers, fishermen ...

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The Green Eating Project: web-based intervention to promote environmentally conscious eating behaviours in US university students Membership Required

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)

To investigate the effectiveness of an online, interactive intervention, referred to as the Green Eating (GE) Project, to motivate university students to adopt GE behaviours.

The study was quasi-experimental and ...

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Impact on Plate Waste of Switching from a Tray to a Trayless Delivery System in a University Dining Hall and Employee Response to the Switch Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

A potential strategy for decreasing food waste in foodservice operations is trayless dining. The objective of this 2010 study was to compare the impact of using a tray vs a ...

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Written Messages Improve Edible Food Waste Behaviors in a University Dining Facility Membership Required

  • Kansas State University (KS)

Background

Sustainability and going green have become popular trends among foodservice organizations. Despite this interest, foodservice operations still produce large amounts of edible food waste and contribute significantly to waste ...

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An Economic Analysis of a University Educational Cafeteria Composting Program—Bobcat Blend Membership Required

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

At Texas State University, a cafeteria-composting pilot program was established in which students source-separated their organic waste at one of the food courts while the program educated students on the ...

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Reduce Food Waste and Food Insecurity with Campus Food Pantries Membership Required

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh recognized the prevalence of food insecurity in their communities causing both to form food pantries to provide direct assistance to food ...

  • Posted 10 months, 1 week ago
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Real Food, Real Communities, Real Impact Membership Required

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

As anchor institutions, colleges and universities have a responsibility to the ecosystems, economies, and communities they touch. Through the Real Food Campus Commitment and Real Food Calculator, Johns Hopkins University ...

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Campus Gardens & Farms: Engaging the whole community Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Campus farms and gardens often serve as an attractive pathway for engagement, welcoming new partners and collaborations for interdisciplinary learning. During this moderated networking session we will facilitate the sharing ...

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Climate Healthy' and Plant Strong Menus Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (DC)
  • Green Monday
  • Humane Society of the United States (MD)

Did you know that GHG emissions associated with food are dominated by the production phase, not the transportation phase? And that plant-based foods are so much lighter on the environment ...

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Strategies for Local & Sustainable Food Purchasing Membership Required

  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Farm to Institution New England (VT)

Colleges want to purchase more local foods, yet many are struggling with how to balance the many different values that they want to support while also ensuring that they can ...

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Making an Impact Via Food Recovery Programs Membership Required

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)
  • Fiorenza's Food for Friends (PA)

800 million people around the world suffer from hunger and 1 in 6 Americans live in food insecure households. F4 is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation of the Commonwealth ...

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New Models for Campus Food Production: Orchards and Community Collaborations Membership Required

  • Saint Joseph's College - IN (IN)
  • University of Baltimore (MD)
  • Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project (MD)

This panel session will feature how campus food production programs can serve as vehicles for community collaborations, as well as a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning and campus ...

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Creative Composting: a Comprehensive Approach to Food Waste Reduction Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Though composting is a great step away from creating landfill waste, it is still very low on the EPA's food waste hierarchy. This study presents how a group of ...

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The Real Food Calculator: Students leading food chain transparency and campus accountability across the nation! Membership Required

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Sustainable.' 'Green.' 'Local.' -- How can you REALLY know what type of food system your campus is supporting amidst all this 'green noise'?!? The Real Food Calculator is a student-developed research ...

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The Campus Kitchens Project: Using Food as a Tool for a More Sustainable Campus and Community. Membership Required

  • The Campus Kitchens Project (DC)

Attendees will get an in depth look at The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) and will be empowered to bring the program to their school. CKP students on 50 campuses are ...

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Fighting Waste, Feeding People: Student Solutions for the Long Term Membership Required

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Forty percent of all food produced in America is wasted, while one in six Americans is unsure where his or her next meal will come from. If food waste were ...

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Fair Trade Advocacy: Connecting Campuses & Local Communities Membership Required

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

This session will explore the Fair Trade movement in the U.S. Students will learn how Fair Trade campaigns on campuses collaborate with local communities to increase Fair Trade purchasing ...

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US EPA - NEW Organics Recovery Program Development Toolkit Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)

US EPA Region 4 will unveil the working draft of its Organics Recovery Program Development Toolkit developed specifically for colleges and universities. The toolkit is intended to guide campuses looking ...

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Growing Beyond the Campus Garden Membership Required

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Arizona State University (AZ)

In 2016, many campuses have developed community gardens on our campuses as tools for co-curricular engagement, reducing food insecurity, and iconic sustainability learning tools. But, after the initial excitement of ...

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Cultivating Regional Partnerships on Campus: Sourcing and Food Service for a Sustainable Mid-Atlantic Food System Membership Required

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Common Market Philadelphia (PA)

How do colleges and universities successfully partner with sustainable producers, distributors, and food service management companies for a positive impact that goes beyond campus? Join a conversation among key players ...

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Fish in the Sea, Fish on the Plate - How college foodservice programs can help maintain ocean health and biodiversity Membership Required

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA)
  • National Aquarium (MD)

Fish and Seafood: Healthy, Sustainable and Confusing. Fish and seafood are among the healthiest and most sustainable protein choices we can make. But chosen poorly, eating fish and seafood also ...

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Campus Greenhouse: Growing Greens for Campus Dining Halls at George Mason University Membership Required

  • George Mason University (VA)

Since its grand opening event during Earth Month of 2015, the President's Park Greenhouse (PPG) has received countless requests for tours, integration with academic courses, hands-on learning and volunteering ...

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Towards Zero Waste in the California State University East Bay Dining Commons Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

The California State University East Bay (CSUEB) Dining Commons (DC) has committed to becoming a Zero Waste facility. To support this effort, and Governor Brown's AB 1826 (the state ...

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Building Community and University Collaboration on Food Justice in Mississippi: Lessons from the MSU Learn and Grow Garden Membership Required

  • Mississippi State University (MS)

Mississippi is the most food insecure state in the nation. In 2014, 22% of families reported some level of hunger. However, Mississippi remains an agriculture-focused state with some of the ...

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From San Francisco Sea Salt to Mt Lassen Trout-- Serving Up Extreme Local Theme Meals in Resident Dining Halls Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

For the past 2 years, in celebration of food day and earth day, Cal Dining has hosted 'extreme local' theme meals in each of the four resident dining halls at ...

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Black Hills South Dakota Food Hub Membership Required

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) conducted an assessment of cafeteria needs for local foods in the winter of 2015, and we have specific knowledge of which large-quantity food providers have ...

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Campus Farms and Gardens: Laboratories for Building Change Agents Membership Required

  • North Cascades Institute (WA)

As climate change realities imbue a desire for tangible action in university students, interest in sustainable food systems is increasing at an incredible pace. As many as 1/3 of ...

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RIT FoodShare: Collaboration Across Campus to Address Food Insecurity and Sustainability Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

RIT FoodShare was conceived by students in the Fall of 2014 who were challenged in a class to research food insecurity and reduce food waste. Their initiative, combined with an ...

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Savings by Design: Implementing a Reusable To-Go Program with savings in mind. Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech Dining Services has implemented a robust Reusable To-Go container program with the help of partner campus organizations. The program is available at three dining centers and averages 3 ...

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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus Membership Required

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

Over 100 North American universities have enacted policies banning bottled water and promoting tap water as a more preferable choice. This workshop will outline the steps of banning bottled water ...

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Higher Education Food Task Force: Institutional Cooperation Addressing Food Security and Sustainability Issues Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

We created a Higher Education Food Task Force with the seven major institutions along what is known as the Wasatch Front in Utah, which is the major population center for ...

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New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Membership Required

  • Farm to Institution New England (VT)

Join us for this networking session. The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network formed in 2015 in order to help connect campus-based stakeholders and other food system stakeholders ...

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Is Everybody Present? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a Creative Curriculum to Teach Sustainability, Healthful Eating, and Stress Reduction Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Mindfulness based training and practice is an effective tool promoting resilience, positive health outcomes and awareness of those around us and connection to all living things. This sustainable approach reinforces ...

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Opening a Plant-forward, Farm-to-Fork cafe on the UC Berkeley campus Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Last semester, Cal Dining opened Brown's- a California Café on the UC Berkeley campus. Brown's opened with the goal of serving food that is delicious, nutrient- dense, and ...

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Compost Cats in the K-12 Classroom: Building a Zero Waste Culture from the Ground Up Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The Compost Cats program at the University of Arizona has diverted 10.5 million pounds of material from local landfills. While turning garbage into gardens is important, changing the culture ...

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Greening the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

UMass Amherst, a three time STARS Gold Rated institution, has made great strides in creating a more sustainable campus. As a prior student, I take pride in this. As a ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Smelly: Changing Sustainability Perception through Behind the Scenes Tours Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Much has changed during Appalachian Food Services' 90 years of operation, but our commitment to being affordable, fresh and sustainable has remained constant. None of our efforts and accomplishments matter ...

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Transitioning Dining Hall Pulped Waste to Post-Consumer Compost: Challenges and Lessons Learned at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Following a waste audit in 2011, Appalachian Food Services, the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services at Appalachian State University began discussing the possibility of transitioning dining hall pulped waste ...

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Sustainable Seafood Days: Working with Sea to Table to Grow Sustainable Seafood Purchasing at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • Sea to Table (NY)

Because Appalachian State University is a leader in sustainability, serving sustainable fish in our dining venues was something that Appalachian Food Services wanted to explore. We partnered with Sea to ...

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Campus Commitments to Local, Sustainable Food Procurement: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities in Georgia Membership Required

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

In recent years many colleges and universities have committed to increasing the proportion of locally sourced and sustainably produced food served on campus. My poster describes the results of an ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Benchmarking Data

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

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Food & Dining Partners

Chartwells Higher Education

Rye Brook, NY
Business Supporter

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
Business Affiliate

Creative Dining Services

Zeelend, MI
Business Affiliate

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Oakland, CA
Business Affiliate

FarmLogix, LLC

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate

Java City

Sacramento, CA
Business Affiliate

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
Business Affiliate

The Campus Kitchens Project

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

Tork, an Essity brand

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate
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
Business Affiliate