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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FreshU: A Sustainable Model for Reducing Food Insecurity on College Campuses

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is located in the heart of a food desert; a region defined by the USDA as 'a low-income community that lacks ready access to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Student-Run Farmers Market: For community, for health, for Chicago

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola University Chicago is entering its 7th year hosting an independent, student-run farmers market on its property serving members of the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods in Chicago. Over these ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Farmer Fridays: Connecting Students to Communities Through Stories

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

One goal for local institutions' different Offices of Sustainability is to bridge the gap between the campus and the community. This case study follows Western Kentucky University's path to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Intercultural Understanding, Garden Benefits, and Sustainability Discourse at the Shawneetown Community Garden

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

For years, anthropological and environmental researchers have studied the contributions of community gardens to education, health, community development, and sustainability; however, community gardens within institutional contexts such as universities are ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus Gardens and Farms: Creatively Addressing Food Insecurity

  • Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus (OR)

This session is for staff, students and faculty working on campus gardens and farms that want to share or learn about creative programming to address food insecurity. Come to share ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Mining STARS Data: Results & Lessons Learned From Quantitative Research Exploring Variation in Food/Beverage Purchasing Scores

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

AASHE's STARS program offers great opportunities for monitoring campus sustainability progress and exchanging new ideas. In addition, the STARS database can support quantitative research in campus sustainability whose results ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Opening New Markets for Local Food Through the Food Hub Model

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills Food Hub, a business incubated at BHSU and run by Cobblestone Science (a locally- and women-owned small business), coordinates the needs of cafeterias in the region with local ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Closed Loop Food System at Warren Wilson College

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

Sustainability and environmental stewardship are woven into the fabric of Warren Wilson College. At the small work college in southern Appalachia, students participate in community gardens, live in co-op housing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus

  • Eastern Washington University (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 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Students in the Food Movement: A Vision Deeper than the Problem

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Even as the campus sustainability movement has grown, the issues in our food system have continued to deepen. Federal policy is failing to protect small farmers, while family fishermen are ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Real Food Challenge: Making Real Food a Reality on Campus

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Across the country, more than 80 institutions of higher education have made individual or system-wide pledges to increase their procurement of real food, increase institutional transparency of campus food purchasing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Working Together Towards Zero Waste

  • Post Landfill Action Network (NH)

This is a meetup for all students, staff, companies, and professionals that are working on campus Zero Waste efforts. Whether you're helping your campus achieve Zero Waste goals, or ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Food Security Initiatives at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

3 student leaders sharing their efforts in food security initiatives at ASU: SAHC/Campus Kitchen Gleaning: Student Anti-Hunger Coalition, a student led initiative beginning in January 2017, implements programs to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Ripple Effect: Taking Hydroponic Growing From Missouri State to 32 Other Schools and Eventually the World

  • Missouri State University (MO)
  • Compass Group (NC)

What began as an effort to showcase herbs grown on campus has already grown to 896 grow towers across the country, with an annual produce yield of 35,000lbs, a ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Using Compost to Seek Green Justice Beyond the Campus

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona Compost Cats is an organization that works to divert organic waste from landfills and converts it into valuable soil amendment for Southern Arizona's arid soils ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Nourishing U: Reclaiming Food, Alleviating Hunger, Redressing Health Inequities, and Serving up Food Justice

  • University of Utah (UT)

Salt Lake Excess, created by University of Utah Honors College students, is a novel real-time food recovery model focused on eliminating the transportation and coordination barriers to food recovery. Via ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Waste Diversion: Advancing Sustainable Materials Management at Emory

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)

Emory University's Sustainability Vision calls for aggressive waste minimization, including 95% diversion from landfills by 2025. Further, Emory is committed to the highest and best use of materials, innovation ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Campus Gardens: Increasing Sustainability and Lowering Food Insecurity

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

In this session, we will focus on the role campus gardens can play in educating faculty, students, and staff about sustainable food systems as well as their role in alleviating ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Compost and Collaboration: Reaching Zero Waste at UCI in Dining Commons and Residence Halls

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The University of California system and UC Irvine have committed to reaching Zero Waste, or 95% diversion from landfill by 2020. In 2016, UCI reached 83% diversion, the highest rate ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Employee Outreach: Creating a Culture of Sustainability in all Stakeholders at Arizona State University

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Arizona State University is committed to being a leader in all areas of sustainability in Higher Education. A vital role in accomplishing this is to create awareness, educate, and integrate ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Engaging Partners in Source Reduction

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

40% of food produced in the U.S. is lost or wasted each year (FAO, 2014). Through data capture, staff training and guest education, University of California, Irvine (UCI) Hospitality ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Drivers Behind Edible Food Recovery Programs at Institutions of Higher Education

  • Messiah College (PA)

Of the blemishes on the American food system, food waste is one of those paradoxical issues that somehow exists in the midst of a well-documented environmental and food security crisis ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Plants on the Plate: Meeting Student Demand for Sustainable Plant-Based Dining.

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Humane Society of the United States (MD)

Market forces are shifting the ground beneath institutional food services, and most of them are far beyond what operators have the power to control. While they are hard to predict ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Benefits for Transitioning to in-House Dining - A Panel Discussion

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

This panel will explore the process, benefits, and challenges of using an in-house dining service. The panel will examine how a switch from an outside provider to an in-house dining ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Utilizing the Garden to Integrate Community-Based Learning in the Classroom

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The purpose of this presentation is to explore, discuss and reflect on Community-based Learning (CBL) as a form of civic education utilizing a school learning garden or community garden. CBL ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Gathering at the Table: Cultivating Future Leaders of a Thriving Community Food System

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Gathering at the Table brings together passionate student leaders, community food justice advocates, and eaters of all kinds to grow a sustainable, community food system. It is an innovative program ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!: How $50,000 Created a Replicable Model for Citywide Composting

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

At the 2016 AASHE Conference, IUPUI and Butler University were awarded $50,000 as part of the Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!, a collaboration between AASHE and Kimberly Clark. Because both ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Building Solidarity through Fair Trade

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and communities across the USA and around the globe. Fair Trade ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Beyond Policy: Sustainable Catering at an Institutional Level

  • Emory University (GA)
  • America To Go (NY)

How many sustainable catering policies, goals, and guidelines are hard-fought and won, but face the challenge of ubiquitous adoption across the institution? Goals for landfill diversion, waste reduction, and sustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Designing Menus for the Future: Sustainable Food Purchasing, Student Activism and Food Footprints

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Friends of the Earth (DC)

This interactive discussion explores real world strategies for shifting school menus toward food that is healthy, local and sustainable, including methods for evaluating environmental impacts of food choices. With on ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Taking Sustainability to the Basement: Indoor Campus Growing Solutions for any Room, any Size and any Budget

  • Missouri State University (MO)
  • Compass Group (NC)

A student driven initiative to create a year-round, hyper-local, on-campus food source that is run by students and funded by the campus dining partner. This model can be adapted to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Tackling the Supply Chain-Proven Strategies to Source More Sustainable Food

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • Sodexo (FL)
  • Farm Forward (OR)

Colleges and universities play an important role supporting the development of sustainable food systems. Historically, sustainable dining programs have focused on sourcing local and organic produce. Increasingly universities are playing ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustaining Food and Housing Insecure Students on College Campuses

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Food insecurity or the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food is common at colleges and universities across the country, undermining the educational success of thousands ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student-led community food access initiative

  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

A student-led garden was started on the campus grounds at Johnson C. Smith University in the fall of 2012. This initiative was put into place to address food security issues ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Food Waste Interventions

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Sodexo (FL)

Information will be shared about Portland State's No Scraps Left Behind (NSLB) program at the PSU Dining Hall, the residential compost program, donations to PSU's food pantry, & ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Thinking Beyond the Fork: Utilizing the Campus Food Truck as a Vehicle for Teaching Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

What do you get when you combine a university food truck, a chef, a farmer, and a FoodCorps service member? The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Campus Dining program ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Black Hills Food Hub: Rural Food Hubs Serving a Wider Demographic

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University and Spearfish community partners are creating a culture that supports and values local food in order to expand the reach and depth of our regional local ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Meatless Monday on Campus: How to VEG (or BEEF) up Your Campus Sustainability Efforts by Connecting to Students Through Food

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • The Monday Campaigns (NY)
  • Changing Tastes (MA)

At the AASHE conference, Meatless Monday is how we connect sustainability through our food choices. In this session, we'll explore how to use the same approach to leverage Meatless ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Guide to Using the new Campus Carbon and Nitrogen Footprint Tool

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

A new version of the web-based Campus Carbon Calculator will be launched in fall 2017: SIMAP (Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform). Join us for this session to learn about ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Best Practices for Supporting Campus Food Security

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)
  • University of Utah (UT)

Hunger is present on college campuses across the United States. As literature increases, awareness surrounding challenges in supporting severely food insecure college students has become more apparent, as well. This ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Fishing for Solutions: How Sourcing Sustainable and Affordable Seafood Fits into Your Campus Foodservice and Sustainability Programs

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA)
  • Sea to Table (NY)
  • Changing Tastes (MA)

What's for dinner? Fish! And a chance to promote ocean conservation, increase seafood consumption on campus, and engage students in sustainability. Chefs, nutritionists and food activists have advised an ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Less & Better Meat in University Dining Services

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)
  • Farm Forward (OR)
  • Friends of the Earth (DC)

Reducing the quantity and improving the quality of the meat we eat can help mitigate climate change, improve our health, set a higher standard for the treatment of animals and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Food Service Companies and Campuses Innovating to Source More Local Food

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • Sodexo (FL)

This session will focus on increasing local food purchasing through stakeholder engagement at universities in Arizona, Maine, Michigan and Vermont. GVSU continues to expand its sustainable agriculture educational opportunities and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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A Journey to Real Food: Growing an Intersectional Food Movement through Student Involvement and Empowerment

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Empowered communities yield brilliant minds. Empowered, well fed communities allow for meaningful growth in all areas. The intersectional nature of sustainable food, thought, and community driven enterprises brought the Real ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Black Hills State University recognized for sustainability projects

  • Black Hills State University (SD)
  • AASHE (PA)

Black Hills State University is one of three winners for the international AASHE Sustainability Awards. BHSU is being honored by AASHE for the Black Hills Food Hub, a program launched ...

  • Posted Nov. 30, 2017
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Oregon State U Reusable Food To Go Containers

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Oregon State University has fully transitioned to reusable to go containers, saving over 400,000 disposable containers per year from the landfill.


Oregon State U Provides SNAP Benefit on Campus

  • Oregon State University (OR)

To help combat the issue of food insecurity among college students, Oregon State University was the first campus to participate in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at its ...


Oregon State U Reusable Food To Go Containers

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Oregon State University has fully transitioned to reusable to go containers, saving over 400,000 disposable containers per year from the landfill.


Portlandia Farmstandia

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Student volunteers and learning garden staff host the first farm stand of the season, affectionately known as Portlandia Farmstandia, at Portland Community College Rock Creek campus.


UVM Eco-Reps educate peers about composting

  • University of Vermont (VT)

All University of Vermont undergraduates now take at least one sustainability course, and 20 Eco-Reps extend that educational experience by teaching their peers sustainable behaviors as part of daily life ...

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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
Business Affiliate

Essity Professional Hygiene North America LLC

Neenah, WI
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.

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Oakland, CA
Business Affiliate

FarmLogix, LLC

Evanston, IL
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Java City

Sacramento, CA
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Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Arden Hills, MN
Business Affiliate
Land O'Lakes is a farmer-owned cooperative dedicated to feeding human progress, from seed to feed to plate.

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.

Vegware US

Warren, OH
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